Sure, Slater gave JJF props in another Instagram post earlier that day, calling his title win “an unavoidable fate. ” But there was still something odd about following that by saying about Jordy, “Nobody combines all technical and power surfing elements better. #BestVideoParts on earth, IMO. ” Good natured congrats to the runner up?
That’s because on December 18, 2015, exactly one day after Adriano gave his tearful title acceptance speech, Slater released the video above, effectively erasing any memory of the title and turning surfing into the pool-laden science fiction film that we’ve been living in ever since.
Yep, although he wasn’t in the final and only saw the attack on replay after, he still explained how the attack nearly happened to him. “It was actually surreal to me,” Slater told WSL commentator Ronnie Blakey. “Because I was just coming on the beach, and obviously if I’d been more patient I might have got Mick’s good one at the end–I might have been that guy right there.
According to those on the beach at Pipe the day that Andy Irons claimed his second world title in a heated showdown with Slater, things got a bit weird during the prize giving ceremony.
In the immediate aftermath of Mick Fanning’s shocking shark encounter in the final of the 2015 J-Bay event, Fanning gave an interview to the WSL, then fellow finalist Julian Wilson gave his perspective, and then…Kelly Slater?
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