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Kelly Slater’s U.S. Open Warm Up

A small forecast calls for a creative means of preparation

| posted on July 28, 2014

When the U.S. Open of Surfing forecast calls for no larger than 3-foot faces, warming up for the event can be difficult, especially when following up an all-time swell at Jeffreys Bay. Unless, of course, you’re Kelly Slater. In which case, you jump on an old board (notice the sticker?), head to a lake in Florida, and do what he calls #RedNeckSurfing.

Unfortunately, Slater announced this morning that he will no longer be competing in the event due to an injury. Hawaiian Gavin Gillette has replaced him in Round 1, Heat 12. No specifics have been named for the injury as of now.

As expected, Slater absolutely rips the tiny boat wake to shreds, at one point pulling some variation of an air reverse. We say some version because he lands backwards on top of the wake and somehow transfers the rope behind his back, pulling himself back into the wake. Impressive, right? Well, not as impressive as the massive wake hop that follows.

  • surferreader

    Did he hurt himself on the lake?

    • lebron

      hehehehehehe that’s exactly what I was thinking :P

  • southbayevents

    He’s got his Quik sticker on still – thought he burned that part of his past and jumped ship to Gucci.

    • RickCane

      “In which case, you jump on an old board (notice the sticker?)”

  • Chris Dunkley

    I wonder how good Kelly is at wake skating or wakeboarding…he has great handle awareness

  • lawless

    at least hes on a merrick!

  • Nick Brooks

    Wow! Worth the watch. I want to see his view with the MyGo Mouth Mount… http://www.mygomount.com

  • maverick1055

    Growing up in Florida we did this often.. Sure cures the flat blues for the time being..

  • freerider

    He did jump ship –to Kering –( pronounced Caring)–cute French name–which owns Yves st laurent–Sergio Rossi–Bocheron–ect. and Gucci. So I guess you could say he’s riding for all of them.

  • freerider

    Hey dudes–where’s my post?

  • CB

    Not a lake. Most likely either the Banana River or Indian River.

  • Pat McGrath

    That’s def not a lake, it’s Florida, we don’t fuck with lakes that much.

  • Juntao

    the toeside 360 is way more impressive than a wake to wake straight air.

  • maverick1055

    Growing up in South Florida this is one way to get us thru the Summer, when it is flat most of the time..