The peerless, incomparable Kelly Slater proved himself to be not just the greatest surfer in the world, but one of the greatest sportsmen of the last 20 years when he won an unprecedented record 10th World Surfing Championship.
The dominance of Slater in his sport over two decades has been breath-taking.
In November, Slater claimed his 45th career elite event on the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) tour, winning the Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico to clinch the World Championship.
Earlier in 2010, he prevailed at huge contests in Portugal, California and Australia. He dominated the podium this year, adding two runners-up finishes and one-third place. Slater never suffered a bad heat all year, affirming his legacy as surfing’s all-time best.