Not the B.O.A.T.
The world’s greatest surfer Kelly Slater is, without any shade of doubt, a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon. Handsome, well-spoken, ridiculously talented, driven. He holds 11 World Titles, the most in history and by far, winning his first in 1992 and his last in 2011.
This year, ranked 3rd after an eye-opening performance at Pipeline, he was in position to defy all odds and take home his 12th crown, cementing his place as the best of all time, or B.O.A.T. but alas, a four-year-old injury and maybe the prospect of spending two weeks locked in an Australian Ibis has halted his campaign.
What does this mean?
He will not be the B.O.A.T. but rather the seventh or eighth best of his generation.
Let’s count Kelly’s contemporaries who are now forever above him.
1) Wayne Gretzky
2) Serena Williams
3) Roger Federer
4) Tom Brady
5) Lebron James
6) Bo Jackson
7) Kelly Slater?
I know you think Wayne Gretzky is too old to belong but with a face like that oooooooee. How can he not be included amongst his youngers?
Anyhow, do you agree or should we nitpick?