Kelly Slater is the greatest surfer of all time. He holds nearly every major record in the sport, including his 11 world titles, 55 career victories, as well as being the youngest and oldest world champion in men's history. He ushered in a new era of high-performance surfing when he arrived on the scene in 1990 and captured his first world title in 1992 at the age of 20, and his last in 2011 at 39. Slater's most dominant days were the mid-'90s, when he won five straight titles between 1993-1998. He tried his hand at retirement in 1999 but rejoined the tour full time in 2002.
Slater is also well known for the wave pool technology that he and his team of engineers at Kelly Slater Wave Co. brought to life in 2015 at the WSL Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California.