Monday, November 29, 2010

Surfing legend Kelly Slater gets a bronze statue

Photo by Tom Dugan/ESM

Surfing icon Kelly Slater might be afflicted with Rodney Dangerfield disease in the mainstream media, but he’s been getting a tremendous amount of love from the surfing community, one trying to force its will on the Fourth Estate.

For instance, GrindTV Outdoor suggested a few months ago that Slater could be the best athlete ever.

And now someone on the Surf Station message board is promoting Slater for Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year. There’s even a Facebook page called “Get Kelly Slater on the cover of Sports Illustrated and ESPN Magazine.” (Incidentally, if you want to vote for Slater, you can at SI’s FanNation website.)

If nothing else, at least the 10-time world champion Slater will be remembered in bronze.

Earlier this month, the city of Cocoa Beach, Fla., unveiled a 9 1/2-foot bronze statue of Slater, posed atop a surfboard.

In a write-up of that honor, referred to him as the Master of the Surfing Universe. On that there is no question.

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