“Then (Bikram Choudhury) tried to touch me!”
Just when you thought there was nothing left to know about Kelly Slater, multiple new story lines, including his view on hot yoga pioneer Bikram Choudhury, have been revealed.
Let us set the scene.
Kelly Slater is in the recording pod of Stephen Glover aka Steve-O for an episode of his show, Steve-O’s Wild Ride! It is very popular and counts 1.63 million subscribers. Steve-O’s Wild Ride! has been running for three years and includes co-hosts Scott Randolph and Vincent Imperati aka Skinny Vinnie.
There is much sexual excitement in the air, of course.
Steve O’s sadistic and masochistic overtones fitting into Kelly Slater’s long life as a sexual emblem. Together, they form one of the most intense and abrupt images of convulsive beauty you’ll ever see.
First, the conversation turns to yoga, a holistic discipline that combines physical postures and ethical principles to promote physical and spiritual well-being. It does very few of these things in my experience except breed a superior minded person with stretched out tendons.
Steve-O mentions he tried the activity once whereupon Kelly Slater trumps his host with talk of his love of hot yoga, a superior version of regular yoga created by Indian man Bikram Choudhury. It is recommended only for those in the most robust of health.
Steve-O asks if Slater watched the Netflix documentary Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator. The show paints the hot yoga pioneer in a poor light, Bikram apparently revelling in “sexual harassment, rape and maniacal control.”
Kelly Slater makes light of the Indian narcissus’s alleged crimes, “Then he tried to touch me!” and says he “felt bad” doing Bikram yoga.
Shortly after, Slater’s stint on Baywatch where he appeared in 27 episodes between 1992 and 1993 as Jimmy Slade, is discussed.
Slater says he threw the audition his manager organised, didn’t want to be there and deliberately acted poorly,
“They called a day or two later and said they loved me”.
Incredibly, says Slater, he was paid only $2500 per episode.
Even better, as a kid Slater saw himself becoming a comedic actor like Steve Martin.
“We spent endless hours watching The Jerk” and says both his parents were stars of the stage in Florida.
Other highlights include never-before-discussed elements of Mick Fanning and Slater’s brush with White Death at Jeffrey’s Bay.