Kelly Slater confirmed to surf all championship tour events in 2022


Kelly Slater has confirmed that he will compete at every stop on the 2022 Championship Tour.

Celebrating his 50th birthday on Friday, behind the victory at the first 2022 CT event in the pipeline, Slater told the press about his commitment to the tour. World Surf League (WSL) reported.

“Yes, I’m going to all the stops this year. I think I’m just committed — I haven’t been on the tour for about five years,” he said.

This was after Slater said at the Billabong Pro Pipeline awards ceremony that it was undecided whether to paddle at Sunset Beach, the next leg of the tour.

He said the year he missed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to the one and a half years of injury he couldn’t compete with, made him tricky for the past four years.

Prior to the recent pipeline victory, Slater has not won a CT event in Taupo, Tahiti since 2016 and has not hosted a yellow jersey.— —What the ranking leader wore— —Since 2014 when Gabrieu Medina of Brazil took it from him.

“But now I got a new one! I got a new yellow jersey, so let’s go,” he said.

When Slater was asked if he was a candidate for the 2022 world title, he said he wasn’t nearby and there’s a lot to do from now to the end of the year.

“I know I have to make that top five,” he said. “I want to win some contests this year because I regain confidence, understand how to do it, and have the belief that it can happen.”

TrestleParticipating in that event is his career, as California is where the Top 5 fight to determine the CT champion and Slater is where he won his first professional surfing contest in 1990. He said it would be a perfect end.

“I was still in high school and started the first week of high school. The last week of high school was that week. I earned $ 30,000. Starting my career was just a dream come true.” He said. ..

“So if you reach Final 5, it will be a good place for me to finish, even if you choose to be my last contest.”

Meanwhile, the Harley Pro Sunset Beach event window opened on Friday, but due to improper conditions, the start of the competition has been delayed.

However, due to the expected solid waves this week, the next call will be Hawaii time on Monday or Australian time on Tuesday morning.

Steve Milne

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