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Kelly Slater Inspires an Australian Golf Champion

Kelly Slater, the 11x World Champ, is a wellspring of inspiration in and out of the water. Slater recently swung his clubs in the Pebble Beach Pro AM in California along side his friend, Australian golf champ Adam Scott.

Scott not only won the Masters in 2013 but he can also hold his own on a surfboard. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Scott has been inspired by Slater's commitment to not playing it safe.

PGA golfer Adam Scott at Surf Ranch with Kelly Slater. Golf champ Adam Scott and Kelly Slater getting some time in at the Ranch. WSL / Todd Glaser

"His record speaks for itself; the greatest in every sport does things no-one else can," said Scott. "There are phenomenal athletes and I compared [Slater] to Tiger [Woods] in our sport for a while. There is a competitive drive inside and they refuse to let age hold them back."

"It's just a reminder, even to play golf, to win tournaments, you have to enjoy the uncomfortable spots," Scott continued. "You can't play it safe all the time and expect to perform at Kelly's level or even the levels I performed at in golf."

PGA golfer Adam Scott at Surf Ranch. Adam Scott can swing clubs and get pitted at the Ranch. WSL / Todd Glaser

Slater also took a moment to compliment his friend. "It's great for us to play with the pros. We've all looked up to Adam for a long time. To get to see them compete up close is pretty special," Slater said. "Adam has the most beautiful swing in golf. His errant shots are still within reason."

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