- WSL / Tony Heff

As the start of the 2022 Championship Tour season gets set to kick off with the Billabong Pro Pipeline, we're counting down the most memorable championship moments from the past 10 years.

After 11 World Titles and 55 career victories, Kelly Slater is kind of beyond the stage of claiming waves.

Besides all the achievements, Slater, the undisputed G.O.A.T. - Greatest Of All Time - has been so barreled so often that you wouldn't blame him if the novelty had worn off.

So in 2019, at the Billabong Pipe Masters, when he exited a seemingly impossibly-deep Backdoor barrel and threw his arms up in pure, unbridled joy, the crowd knew they had just witnessed something truly special.

Perfect 10: Kelly Slater at Backdoor
In his 27th appearance at the Billabong Pipe Masters in 2019, the 11x World Champion and greatest of all time earned a perfect 10-point ride.

Slater is a magician, and this wave was a reminder of exactly why he's the GOAT; it's difficult to imagine anyone else on the planet besides him being able to thread that particular wave quite so well.

It was also a reminder of why the 49-year-old Slater is still on Tour at an age when anyone else would have retired. He captured his first World Title in 1992 at the age of 20, and his last in 2011, at 39. While his most dominant days may be behind him, he's still setting the bar when it comes to surfing waves of consequence like Pipeline.

In his post-heat interview after the perfect ride, Slater said he hadn't actually been feeling in sync but made a decision to change his approach. The results were obvious.

Kelly Slater Post Heat 2019 Even with all the World Titles and CT wins, Kelly Slater's special relationship with Pipeline is one of his greatest achievements, especially when you remember he grew up surfing small waves in Florida - WSL / Tony Heff

"I knew there were good waves out there, but I didn't feel it really happening," stated Slater. "Then I just thought, you know, I've surfed this whole year, kind of behind the eight ball, I'm always trying to catch up ... I'd rather surf this heat from the front. It's just a mindset you put yourself in."

When he paddles out, there's every chance he could win. It's exactly what he'll be planning to do this year, at the Billabong Pro Pipeline which begins in just a few days.

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The waiting period for the Billabong Pro Pipeline gets underway on January 29. Keep it locked right here at WorldSurfLeague.com for the latest news and info as we countdown the start of the 2022 Championship Tour.

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