Whoa. Kelly Slater perfectly landed a 540 on a surfboard in Portugal today. The guy is 42 years old and still the best surfer in the world.
We know that very very few 540s have every been successfully landed on a surfboard. This was an especially difficult 540 as it was an “air reverse” meaning he spun opposite to the natural flow of the wave. Had he spun to the right off this wave, it would have been called an “ally oop” and would have been an easier maneuver. Impressive Kelly. Very impressive.
Kelly is in Portugal waiting to compete in surfing’s World Championship Tour. He is currently ranked #2 in the world with a chance to win it all if things go his way in the final two contests.
Just now, during a lay day at the 2014 Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Kelly landed a 540. Or a 720. Or something. It serves as a blatant reminder that he is still the best man to ever set foot on a surfboard, and it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time — you know, with that whole world title race and all. Just click play and watch surfing evolve one Instagram at a time. – Surfing Magazine