Yesterday, the world heard about Slater's Split with Quiksilver. Today, we heard from the world's best surfers.
"To be honest, I can't even believe how they (Quiksilver) could even think about letting Kelly walk away. What he's done for our sport, the last 20 years, has paved the way for people like me and allowed events like this to even exist. It gives me goosebumps just thinking about what he's done. I don't know the whole story behind it so I can't really comment on that, but I know that if I were Quiksilver, I would bend over backwards and make sure he had a Quiksilver suit on him when he's dead and and in the grave." - Yadin Nicol
I would bend over backwards and make sure he had a Quiksilver suit on him when he's dead and and in the grave. - Yadin Nicol
"Well, it was April Fools' Day so I was thinking he was maybe playing a joke, but he wasn't. It was a shock. When I think of Quiksilver, I think of Kelly Slater. I'm sure he's thought long and hard about it after riding for them for so many years so I'm sure the next thing he's moving onto is pretty special. He seems really excited about it so congratulations to him." - Bede Durbidge
"It's funny as I was asleep and Mitch Crews came into the room going, "Did you hear the news?! Do you think it's true?!" Kind of like the world was ending and I was just waking up. So I looked on instagram and the ASP site and read it, then remembered that it was April 1st so it could have been a joke, but it would have been a weird one if that were the case. We were all sitting around the table trying to figure out if it were true or not. We were all making bets about it. I don't really know what to think about it because it's so fresh and his company is just forming. Pretty sure it will be exciting though." - Nat Young
"Kelly, it was an honor working with you throughout my 12 years riding with Quiksilver. I wish you the best of luck in the years to come. I only have one request, please don't steal Stephen "Belly" Bell from us." - Fredrick Patacchia
"Thanks Kelly for all these years of being a great example of the sport, giving me some tips since I was 12 yrs old being on the same Quiksilver team. I was very lucky to be able to share most of my free surfs with this freak since I was a kid (and stealing some boards too). Good luck for this new chapter of your life bra!" - Jeremy Flores