The AT50: Surf Legend Kelly Slater (#1)

The greatest? Crossover star is the Michael Jordan of surfing.
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Age: 41
Sport: Surfing
Highlights: Won the ASP World Championship Tour 11 times; He is the youngest (20) to ever win the WCT as well as the oldest (39); 51 WCT victories, the most all-time.
Quote: "Not to sound too deep or weird, but I think that the times when you really appreciate surfing are the times you’re really sort of becoming one with nature. Surfing’s as raw of a sport as it gets."
Fact: Slater has been in a grand total of 26 films and 10 episodes of Baywatch.
AT50 Point Total: 62

The household name for surfing over the past two decades, Kelly Slater holds the most World Championship Tour victories with 51, 18 more than the next closest competitor. His longevity out on the waves has enabled him to not only be the youngest surfer to win an Association of Surfing Professionals World Championship, but also the oldest, the latter coming at age 39 (he’s currently 41). Because of these unparalleled accomplishments, Slater has his own video game (which is a classic), has been featured in 10 "Baywatch" episodes, and can be seen in 26 different movies. What’s Slater’s biggest accomplishment, though? Living the vast majority of his life on the beach and traveling around the world to catch the most badass waves.
—Kurt Miller

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