On Friday, Kelly Slater took to Instagram to make an announcement to his followers.
As reported by SURFER, his latest post seems to imply that he will be retiring after this upcoming season:
My last wave in Portugal the other day. Sick little bank with just @patchy_o and myself. Hugely inspired by the young guys on tour these past few months and what @john_john_florence has accomplished this year. So next year I'm gonna get my shit (and my body) together for real and see if I can make a last run at a title. Then I'll go find the best waves on earth til my last day before being freeze dried and used as plant food to make a #Koa and #Monkeypod tree on my property or take the carbon from my ashes and make a diamond from it for my family. (Don't forget to drop some of me in the tube also!)
Slater’s Instagram post comes just two days after the World Surf League (WSL) published an interview with Slater where he stated that next year he was hoping to take “one more stab” at a title run.
While he never explicitly used the word “retirement” in either the interview or the Instagram post, he does call next season his “last” attempt at a world title, and talks about his future plans to essentially live out his days chasing waves unbound by the chains of a rigorous competition schedule.
Only time will tell if next year truly is the end of the line for the winningest surfer of all time, but it wouldn’t be the first time the 44-year-old stepped away from competition.
After the 1998 season on tour, Slater retired from full-time competition on what was then the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Championship Tour. After a three-year hiatus, he returned to surf competitively full-time in the 2002 season.
More from GrindTV