An extended group of Kelly Slater’s friends and family gathered in a plush LA warehouse on Monday to celebrate his 10th World Title. As you can imagine, when it comes to Kelly, even “intimate” gatherings can number in the hundreds and include catered food, drink and even a giant Kelly cake.
Kelly’s agent Terry Hardy presented a gift from Eddie Vedder; his original framed diamond album of Pearl Jam’s “10” specially reworked to acknowledge Kelly’s 10 World Titles. Quiksilver CEO, Bob McKnight then mockingly patted his pockets and joked: “I have that $10 million check here somewhere…”
This is like an out-of-body experience,” Kelly said with tears in his eyes, “it doesn’t feel like all this is happening for me, I’m just stoked its happening to somebody” he laughed.