“I didn’t realize I was going to be overwhelmed by it, but I haven’t been in
this position before, at this point of the year, with this many wins,”
Throughout the season Kelly has alternated between his two signature FCS
fins (the K2.1 & K3) to fine-tune his boards for the conditions and achieve
these incredible victories.
At Snapper Rocks he used the upright K2.1s to match the tight pocket surfing
the point demands. At Bell’s he rode the raked back K3s to draw long
powerful arcs around and through the chunky sections. In Fiji Kelly was back
on the K2.1s with blistering down the line speed punctuated by deep tubes
and floaters that flirted with disaster.
Most recently at Jeffery’s Bay Slater used the K-3s (combining the
Performance Glass side fins with a Glassflex back fin) to dominate the
field, stitching together series after series of ultra radical maneuvers and
long arching gouges at top speed. His performances are a credit to his
ability, and his understanding of both the waves and his equipment.
As we approach the next event somewhere in Bali the world waits and wonders.
Can he win another? What fins will he ride? Will he win world title number
Welcome to the plateau. It's where we gather to watch Yago Dora soar above our heads.
These are the fortunate few. Many epic sessions have fallen by the wayside, victims to our ruthless monthly culls, but the results are wondrous to behold.
Patagonia is a challenging lover, said the English novelist, Bruce Chatwin. It haunts you, it bewitches you, it wraps you in its arms and does not let you go.
Welcome to the winners' podium. The cream of February lies before you in four spectacular Atlantic sessions, big barrels being the theme.
The symbiosis of surfer and winter. The Astray Collective and Finisterre bring you a short narrated by Matt Smith and produced by Mickey Smith