At the age of 39, Kelly Slater won a record 11th World Surfing Championship. His heat win at the Rip Curl Pro Search over talented young Brazilians Gabriel Medina, 17, and Miguel Pupo, 19, gave him the points he needed to take the title. During the year he won the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay and Hurley Pro at Trestles.
Slater, who has won three Laureus World Sports Awards in his career, has dominated men’s surfing for two decades. He became the youngest ever world champion in 1992 at the age of 20 and the oldest at 34 in 2006. And now five years later he is still winning world championships and pushing back the boundaries of sporting excellence.
Action Sportsperson of the Year 2012

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