WATCH LIVE: Kelly Slater Competes In Round of 32 At Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o

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ABOVE VIDEO: Cocoa Beach native Kelly Slater will compete in Round of 32 (Heat 16) at Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o on Tuesday.

TAHITI – Cocoa Beach native Kelly Slater will compete in Round of 32 (Heat 16) at Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o on Tuesday.

The Surfline Forecast shows 8-10’ faces early, increasing to 10-12’ and occasionally 14’ by midday.

Born in 1972 and raised in Cocoa Beach, where he still resides, Slater learned how to surf in the Atlantic waters at Fourth Street North with his older brother Sean and his younger brother Stephen.

In Slater’s opinion, Cocoa Beach is as good a place as any to develop the fundamentals and skills needed to be a championship surfer.

“It breaks farther out,” he says, “so it’s easier to learn. If I had the choice of learning in Florida or Hawaii, I’d choose Florida. You don’t try to run before you can walk.” Sebastian Inlet is still one of his favorite surfing venues.

ABOVE VIDEO: The 46-year-old Slater, who graduated from Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr. High School in 1991, has been crowned ASP World Champion a record 11 times, including five consecutive titles from 1994–1998, and was not only the youngest title-holder in ’92, but also the oldest when he claimed the title at age 39 this past November.  He is also the all-time leader in career WCT event wins with 55. (Video Air Date May 2012)

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