“My look is really clean and classic. It makes me feel like I clean up well. It’s styled but also understated.”
The world’s greatest athlete Kelly Slater, whose appearance at the Oscars yesterday was only overshadowed when the polyamorist Will Smith stormed the stage to belt host Chris Rock, has revealed the secret behind his head-to-toe Gucci outfit – his close friendship with François Henri Pinault.
“He and Kering helped start my company, Outerknown, so we were former business partners. Susan [Chokachi] and her husband are old friends and neighbors, so the Gucci connection happened naturally,” Slater told Yahoo, adding, “My look is really clean and classic. It makes me feel like I clean up well. It’s styled but also understated.”
Slater calmed his nerves for the big moment by sleeping in, eating brunch at Kreation Organic and getting a (cosmetic) facial at Melanie Grant’s West Hollywood clinic, which might explain his radiance on stage.
“I don’t get many facials,” said Slater.
Moving to tour talk, the just-turned fifty-year-old told Yahoo he isn’t, “in the mindset for the competition yet. I normally get in the right frame of mind when I start traveling to each venue. But the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach is the first contest where I surfed my first full Championship Tour season back in 1992, so 30 years later, it feels special to be back. I’ve won the competition four times and it’s been either feast or famine. I’ve either won or not done well, but I’m looking forward to it. I have been mentally preparing for it the past couple months just envisioning what I’m looking forward to in the waves and what equipment I’ll ride that will work best for certain conditions. Subconsciously I’m prepared but I’m not in the headspace yet for competition.”
Preparing to lose or losing interest?