The epic influence of Kelly Slater captured in wildly candid moment.
The 11-part docuseries Lost Tapes delivers, again, with the vertical blinds drawn back on the Champ as he navigates the 2019 tour event in Rio.
If you hadn’t guessed by all the late-shows and no-shows, Brazil ain’t Slater’s favourite part of the world, at least wave-wise.
“Not a lot of people come here for the surfing,” says Slater. “The waves in Brazil are funny, the way the beaches are here. A lot of the beaches are steep, you get this backwash situation, funny currents that don’t make great rip bowls.”
There is potential in the joint, he says, but that promise is rare, appearing for an hour or two at most.
Very interesting etc.
The episode lights up, howevs, when Slater challenges his ol pal Pat O’Connell, lately of Florence Marine X, then the WSL’s Head of Tour and Competition.
Pat ain’t convinced about the epic looking four-to-six-foot cabanas out the front, wants to do it down the beach whereupon Slater challenges his old pal.
“The other wave sucks… this is like Off the Wall…Dude, I’m boycotting. If my fucking heat has to be down there, I’m not even going to surf!”
Pat, noted for being fiercely proud of and prone to exhibiting his monstrously elongated scrotum, tells Slater, “If I get kicked in the nuts, it’s your fault.”
“It’s not even a question,” says Slater.