Giant Thinkers Podcast

Kelly Slater, 11-time World Surfing Champion on longevity, setbacks and mental toughness

December 13, 2017

Hello wonderful Giants, this is episode #54. Our guest today is truly one of a kind. He’s an 11-time world surfing champion. Holds the record as the youngest (at age 20) to win the title and the oldest (at age 39) to win the title as well. A living legend, an inspiration to millions of people, by far the best-known surfer on the planet and chatting with him blew me away.


Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • His thoughts on longevity and making a career out of something you love – in his case, surfing in professional competitions for over 33 years
  • The importance of humility, respect, resilience, family and personal relationships
  • We spoke about doubt and setbacks and building mental-toughness, including his 2-3 year hiatus which was part of the 7-year gap between winning his 6th and 7th world title
  • His 10-year journey in creating the perfect man-made wave pool – what once was a dream is now a reality
  • I of course asked for his key tips for beginner-level surfers - for those that want to start, and there’s just an avalanche of quality insights in this interview – the list goes on.


So If you’re someone that’s interested in hearing the ups, the downs and everything in between – from a world champion, then this episode is for you.

I present to you … the hard-working, super humble, 11-time world champ ... Kelly Slater!



More on Kelly Slater can be found via the links below:

Kelly’s personal website

Kelly Slater Wave Company website

Kelly's menswear brand: Outerknown

Kelly’s Twitter: @kellyslater

Kelly’s Instagram: @kellyslater

Kelly on Facebook


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