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Sensational Slater wins Pipeline 30 years after his first triumph

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Sensational Slater wins Pipeline 30 years after his first triumph

Just short of his 50th birthday he has reignited debate about whether he is the greatest athlete of all time

Reuters

Kelly Slater conquered life-threatening waves, the world’s best surfers and his own age to win his eighth Pipeline Pro in Hawaii on Saturday, 30 years after winning the contest for the first time.

Six days before his 50th birthday, Slater's win over Hawaii’s Seth Moniz reignited debate about whether the Floridian might be the greatest athlete of all time, let alone best surfer ever.

“Kelly is in his own universe. He’s making history right now,” World Surf League commentator and “Momentum Generation” friend Ross Williams said on the event broadcast. “Speechless, chicken skin all over, what a moment for sport, let alone surfing.”..

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