Kelly Slater quits surfing to play golf

Kelly Slater quits surfing to play golf

Kelly Slater, 43, announced Wednesday April 1st that he was stepping away from competitive surfing. Slater shared his big decision on Instagram and while most people in the surfing community feel he is simply taking advantage of his gullible fans on April Fool’s Day, what if he isn’t? Kelly Slater wasn’t kidding when he accepted Fred Couples invitation to play for Team USA in the ICONS Cup taking place in Dubai and unfortunately the golf tournament falls within the Margaret River Pro waiting period. The World Championship Tour has been heading in a strange direction and nowadays it seems like Kelly Slater is more focused on his new businesses and playing competitive golf than surfing 2ft waves against Brazilians!

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