He has done it again!!! The King of Surfing, Mr. Kelly Slater (aka Poseidon) has won his 10th World Championship Tour Title (along with the Rip Curl Pro Puerto Rico, his 45th WCT contest win), making him the greatest, most dominant athlete of all time... in one of the most competitive, physically demanding, progressive and dynamic sports on the planet. (If you don't agree, then you my friend, are an idiot. Read this article... then go cry in the corner)
His win at Puerto Rico, along with the ASP Bonus for winning the World Title, earned Kelly $175,000. The biggest pay-out ever for a surf contest. Not to mention his $10,000,000 bonus from Quicksilver for winning 10 World Titles. A record we may never see again, ever, by any surfer, athlete or human.
After winning five straight titles in the 90s (six total) Slater retired in 1999, which, when translated, means he went surfing more. He chased swells around the planet for three years, visiting friends at every stop, waiting for a new crop of talent to mature and actually threaten his legacy before coming back to competition in 2003. In his first year back, he fell short in the final heat of the season. But by 2005 he had his title back, repeating again in 2006, and nabbing another in 2008. Now again in 2010, which he dedicated to the memory of his late, long-time rival Andy Irons, saying "If it wasn't for Andy, I wouldn't be here right now" adding, "I'd give this title away in a second if Andy could come back."