Big wave pro surfing series schedule announced

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Pro surfing's Big Wave World Tour opens April 15 in Chile and ends next year at Hawaii's Jaws break, the Association of Surfing Professionals said Wednesday.

Kelly Slater captures Pipe Masters surf tourney in Hawaii

HALAEWA, Hawaii, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Kelly Slater of the United States put an exclamation point on the pro surfing season this weekend by winning the Billabong Pipe Masters in Hawaii.

Mick Fanning wins Quicksilver Pro France surf tournament

SEIGNOSSE, France, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Australian veteran Mick Fanning rallied in the final heat Friday to win the Quicksilver Pro France surfing tournament over Brazilian teenager Gabriel Medina.

Taj Burrow surfs to win at Hurley Pro at Trestles

LOWER TRESTLES, Calif., Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Taj Burrow won the Hurley Pro at Trestles in California Wednesday, but Mick Fanning moved to the top of the Association of Surfing Professionals standings.

Bucan wins Billabong Tahitil over Kelly Slater

TEAHUPO’O, French Polynesia, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Adrian Buchan of Australia plowed through five heats Sunday and claimed the Billabong Pro Tahiti with a win over Kelly Slater in the finals.

Kelly Slater wins in Fiji; takes ASP points lead

TAVARUA, Fiji, June 11 (UPI) -- American veteran Kelly Slater moved into first place in the Association of Surfing Professionals point standings Wednesday by winning the Volcom Fiji Pro.

Kelly Slater wins ASP surfing opener

KIRRA, Australia, March 12 (UPI) -- Kelly Slater of the United States opened the 2013 pro surfing tour by beating reigning champion Joel Parkinson of Australia at the Quicksilver Pro Gold Coast.

Peter Mel wins Mavericks Invitational

HALF MOON BAY, Calif., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Veteran Peter Mel captured the 2013 Mavericks Invitational big-wave surfing contest in Northern California Sunday.

Parkinson wins ASP surfing crown

HONOLULU, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Joel Parkinson won his first world surfing championship Friday by edging fellow Australian Josh Kerr at the Billabong Pipe Masters in Hawaii.

Finale of pro surf season under way

HONOLULU, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The Billabong Pipe Masters -- the finale of the pro surfing season -- got under way Saturday at Hawaii's famed Banzai Pipeline in solid 6-to-8 foot swells.
Gilmore wins women's surf crown again

Gilmore wins women's surf crown again

BIARRITZ, France, July 14 (UPI) -- Australian Stephanie Gilmore won the Roxy Pro Biarritz in France Saturday to claim her fifth career Association of Surfing Professionals women's title.

Rookie Florence wins Billabong Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO, May 16 (UPI) -- Hawaiian teenager John John Florence won his first Association of Surfing Professionals tournament Wednesday at the Billabong Rio Pro in Brazil.
Wave watch on for Aikau surf tournament

Wave watch on for Aikau surf tournament

HALEIWA, Hawaii, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The wait for waves began Friday for the Eddie Aikau, the penultimate tournament for big-wave surfers on Hawaii's North Shore.

Brazil's Medina tops Slater at Rip Curl

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Gabriel Medina of Brazil turned in some dazzling rides and defeated season champion Kelly Slater Monday to win the Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco.
Points error reopens surfing title race

Points error reopens surfing title race

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Kelly Slater lost his 2011 season crown, at least temporarily, after the Association of Surfing Professionals said Friday it had made an error in the standings.
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Kelly Slater
Six times ASP world champion Kelly Slater (Florida, USA) (pictured) advanced to round four of the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, Torquay, Victoria, Australia on Sunday, April 11, 2004. Slater, who snapped his surfboard in half while riding his last wave in his heat, beat hometown favorite and wildcard surfer Australian Adam Robertson. (UPI Photo/Piere Tostee)

Robert Kelly Slater (born February 11, 1972, Cocoa Beach, FL, USA) is an American professional surfer known for his competitive prowess and style. He has been crowned ASP World Champion a record 10 times, including 5 consecutive titles from 1994–98. He is the youngest (at age 20) and the oldest (at age 38) to win the title. Upon winning his 5th world title in 1997, Slater passed Australian surfing legend Mark Richards to become the most successful champion in the history of the sport. In 2007 he also became the all-time leader in career event wins by winning the Boost Mobile Pro event at Lower Trestles near San Clemente, California. The previous record was held by Slater's childhood hero, 3-time world champion Tom Curren. In addition to the ASP tour, Slater has also competed in the X-Games (in 2003 and 2004). On October 3, 2008, Slater won his ninth ASP world title at the Billabong Pro Mundaka by defeating local surfer Eneko Acero in the 3rd round. In May 2005, in the final heat of the Billabong Tahiti Pro contest at Teahupo'o, Slater became the first surfer ever to be awarded two perfect scores for a total 20 out of 20 points under the ASP two-wave scoring system. (The corresponding honor under the previous three-wave system belongs to fellow American Shane Beschen who achieved the feat in 1996.)

Since 1990, Slater has been sponsored primarily by surfwear industry giant Quiksilver. He exclusively rides Channel Islands surfboards equipped with his own signature series of FCS fins.

Slater was born on February 11, 1972 in Cocoa Beach, Florida, where he continues to reside. He has a teenage daughter named Taylor. He is of Irish and Syrian ancestry. He has a twin brother Daley, an older brother, Sean, and a younger brother, Stephen.

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