Did Kelly Slater just announce his (future) retirement on Instagram?

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:

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.

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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.

Kelly Slater retirement
Is Slater ready to surf off into the sunset? Photo: Courtesy of Kristin Scholtz/World Surf League

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.

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