In honor of the Outerknown Fiji Pro, unofficial island ambassador and Outerknown founder Kelly Slater has released a series of short clips featuring the GOAT himself. In the series, he reflects on everything from his long love affair with Fiji to the philosophy behind his clothing brand, and from the way we take care of the oceans to the magic of Cloudbreak.
Below, behold a few of our favorites.
Everyone remembers their first time. In Kelly Slater's case, his first trip to Tavarua kicked off a two-decade love affair that's still going strong. Of course, like any love, Kelly's romance hasn't been all roses and heart-shaped candy. He's won in Fiji more than anyone, but also had his fair share of tough losses. So far this year, as of Round Three he's still in the game. He'll face rookie Connor O'Leary when the contest resumes.
These trunks save lives -- or at least, the lives of fish, for starters. And that start is an important one for the health of every living thing in the food chain. In this clip, Slater discusses why Outerknown shirts are made of econyl -- also known as recycled nylon, which is the stuff that fishing nets are made.
When all the trophies are won, and triumphs have come and gone, there's only one star of the Outerknown Fiji Pro. In this clip, Slater considers the year-round quality of the wave, and why it is so irresistible to the world's best surfers.
Any surfer who has stepped off the beaten path knows what Kelly's talking about here. The surprising piles of garbage in paradise; the way even the most beautiful places in the world can suffer from neglect.
If you stopped believing in Santa Claus around the time that Jimmy Carter was in office, it's time to find your inner child and believe again. Because these OK labels are magic, indeed, disappearing when submerged in water. It's part of the Slater philosophy: Little things matter. Go ahead, give it a try...and see who might be back in your chimney come December.