Surfboard, used by Kelly Slater

Description (Brief)
Champion surfer Kelly Slater (b. 1972) used this Channel Islands board to win the Rip Curl Pro tournament at Bells Beach, Australia, in April 2010. Later that year, the thirty-eight-year-old won an unprecedented tenth Association of Surfing Professionals World Championship. Slater chose this particular board to donate because of its special significance; he had a bad first event at the Bells Beach competition and was injured going into the second event. There were rumors that he was getting to old to surf but using this board he was able to win the event and turn his season around eventually winning his record setting 10th title. Slater has been surfing since he was a teen and is the only surfer to win the ASP World Surfing championship eleven times with five consecutive titles during the years 1994-1998. Slater is the youngest to win the title as a twenty year old and the oldest at age thirty-eight making him the most successful champion in the history of the sport. Slater continues to surf and is dedicated to preserving the oceans.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
surfboard
date made
ca 2010
user
Slater, Kelly
Physical Description
fiberglass (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 267 cm x 45 cm x 15 cm; 105 1/8 in x 17 23/32 in x 5 29/32 in
ID Number
2011.0064.01
accession number
2011.0064
catalog number
2011.0064.01
subject
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Sports
Surfing
Professional
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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