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With its tiny waves, Cocoa Beach, Florida, isn't exactly a breeding ground for future world-champion surfers. When Kelly Slater was a grommet growing up there, his biggest goal was to one day make it out far enough to catch the two-foot waves his dad and brother were riding.
Life in the Slater household wasn't perfect, and as his parents' marriage fell apart and his dad battled alcoholism, Slater escaped to the beach and found peace on a surfboard. Within a few years, his insatiable thirst for competition and an uncanny -- almost innate -- understanding of the physics of surfing would soon catapult him into the ranks of the very gods of the sport he'd worshipped, and into the thundering walls of water they faced along the North Shore of Hawaii and around the world.
In Pipe Dreams, Slater offers a breathtaking, adrenaline-soaked ride through a churning Pipeline tube. He pays tribute to close friends who lost their lives surfing and tells what life on the World Tour is really like, from schmoozing with celebrities to running from stalker fans to the competition and hanging out with the world's most famous surfers -- including Tom Curren, Tom Carroll, Gary Elkerton, Mark Occhilupo, Rob Machado, and Shane Dorian. Slater also describes his experiences in and out of the public eye, from his stint as a regular on Baywatch to his romance with Pamela Anderson to briefly retiring from surfing and then heading back out into the glory and danger of the waves.
Pipe Dreams offers unprecedented access to the globetrotting lifestyle and the rarely seen private life of the man who destroyed every record in the sport. Slater holds nothing back, because after six world titles, he has nothing left to prove -- not to himself or to anyone else.
Six-time world surfing champion, actor, and American heartthrob Kelly Slater tells his inspiring story of triumph over adversity. 16-page color insert and b&w photos throughout.
Six–time world surfing champion, actor, and US heart–throb Kelly Slater tells of the struggles and triumphs he's experienced throughout his life and how they have helped him to become one of the world's most loved sports figures.
From beach blanket bingo to Baywatch
, surfing has fascinated people for years, and Kelly Slater is the sport's newest star. He's one of the world's most popular surfers; his radical moves have revolutionised the sport. Born in Cocoa Beach, Florida, in 1972, he found surfing to be a great way to escape problems at home. When he was 11, his parents divorced. Slater and his brother, Sean, were raised by their suddenly single mother, who struggled to support two young sons. After Slater's surfing career took off, he made the transition into acting and modelling. He spent a season starring on the popular television show Baywatch
, where he won the hearts of women young and old, including Pamela Anderson, whom he dated for about a year. He has also been featured in Versace ads.
In Pipe Dreams, he shares the stories that have influenced his life and have inspired him to overcome both personal and professional hurdles and achieve his dreams.
About the Author
Kelly Slater is a world-champion surfer who came out of semi-retirement in 2002. When he has time he sings with his band, The Surfers. He owns the Kelly Slater Boardrider's Club, a clothing and surf shop in Los Angeles, where he lives.