Kelly Slater, Surf Professional, Icon Of Sorts

In an interview with Outside magazine in 2006, Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder described Kelly Slater like this: “He just travels the world and, wherever he shows up, it’s like an old John Wayne movie. Everyone knows him. And everyone’s so happy to see him.”

A nine-times-winner of the Association of Surfing Professionals World Championships, Slater is constantly flying from coast to coast for his job, but he travels even in his downtime. “I definitely have my places that I go where I can recharge my batteries,” he says.

If you are into surfing, why not trying the favorite spots of Kelly:

Kona, Hawaii

A timeless staple for surfers and wanderlusting globetrotters alike.

Donegal Bay, County Sligo, Ireland

“At first I was reluctant to go out because of the cold water, but the waves were great and it was like a little party out in the water.”

Costa Rica

The whole Pacific coast of Costa Rica is rife with world-renowned surfing nooks. The Caribbean side isn’t bad either.

“Soup Bowls” on the East coast of Barbados

Hidden even from the resorts on Barbados island, Soup Bowl is, according to Slater,  “one of the top three waves in the world. It’s got a really good curve and allows all sorts of maneuvers and airs.

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