Uncharted Waters: Surfer Legend Kelly Slater Shares Rare and Personal Insights in Exclusive New Interview

Uncharted Waters:  Surfer Legend Kelly Slater Shares Rare and Personal Insights in Exclusive New Interview Uncharted Waters:  Surfer Legend Kelly Slater Shares Rare and Personal Insights in Exclusive New Interview

Shannon Brenton, host of The Travelling Wellness Show podcast, journeys to Margaret River, AU to conduct an in-depth interview with the man that many label as the best athlete ever:  Kelly Slater.

Margaret River, AUSTRALIA (APRIL 2017):  If you’re a girl, there’s a good chance you had a crush on Kelly Slater since the 7th grade -- his name was no doubt written on your pencil case, with care and infatuation, and at night, you slept soundly beneath a life-size poster with his baby face and crystal blue eyes watching dreamily over your bed.

And if you’re a guy with an interest in the ocean, there’s about, say, a 100% chance that Kelly Slater has inspired your journey in some way, both through his futuristic style, as well as his flair for innovation both in and out of the water.

Now, if you’re neither of the above, but simply a fan of sport, you’ll be hard-pressed to name an athlete that even comes close to his level of talent and celebrity.

Why? Because King Kelly is all that:  as a man inspired by his craft, he has dominated the world stage in a sport where mastery is few and far between.

What becomes patently clear shortly into the interview is that behind the enigma that is Kelly Slater, there resides a warm and sensitive soul who craves connection. Like all of us, Slater battles his own demons, and seeks to make sense of it all in a world that he describes as "too fast."

Shannon Brenton explores the man behind the brand in an uncommonly lengthy interview, and Slater opens up in ways that most have never heard. His earnest transparency and authentic willingness to share such intimate details of his life is a gift many have never expected. And even when the stop button has been pushed, it didn’t finish there.

"What I can say is that in the hours I spent with Kelly, he revealed a level of normalcy and genuine decency that I would only expect from a best friend," Brenton later stated, adding, "to you Kelly, thank you."

Over the course of the interview, Slater speaks in detail on a wide range of personal topics, including:

- His early years, and how a challenging family dynamic shaped the man he would become

- Diet: then and now -- from the bottom of the Cheerios box to his chia seed ambassadorship

- Global sustainability and ocean ecology, including his comment on shark culling which resulted in death threats

- The pros and cons of life in the public eye

- His brands, including Outerknown and the now revolutionary KS Wave Co, the wave pool that is changing the future direction of surfing

- His relationship with long-term brand sponsor Quiksilver, and the factors which led to the split

- His other love:  golf

- The book that changed his life

- Road trips with Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam (Slater even sings a few notes!)

- His favourite waves

- How he conquered his fear of drowning

- His life regrets, and advice to his younger self

- And much more!

Of the many pearls of wisdom Slater offers during this rare, open-book interview, one has already begun to be abuzz among listeners. While speaking about his godson and his perspective on personal progression, he matter-of-factly states, "Progression is better than winning."

This is something Slater lives by, yet also something he has never publicly discussed until now. And, coming from the one of the world's greatest athletes, it is nothing short of profound.

The podcast, which is the fifteenth episode of The Traveling Wellness Show, debuted on 08 April 2017, and is titled ‘Kelly Slater:  The Man Behind the Legend.’

It is available for free online (both streaming and download) at: http://thetravellingwellnessshow.com/episode-15-kelly-slater-the-man-behind-the-legend.



Shannon Brenton

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