THE STAB CADDY: KELLY SLATER’S 6’6″ SEMI PRO 12
The surfboard is a two-year-old 6’6” Semi-Pro that Kelly had in the shed. Two weeks previously the 6’3” he’d ridden at Sunset and another two boards, including a potential 6’8” for Pipe, were stolen from the side of his house.
And so on the final day of the Pipe Masters, in his house on the beachfront there, prepping boards for his quarter-final, watching Mick ride into his third world title, Kelly chose the 6’6” to ride with a couple of 6’7”s as backups.
And if you were watching the event, you would’ve seen Kelly make a drop on a squared-up 10-foot ledge that, perhaps, would’ve been impossible if he’d been on one of his shorter, more experimental boards.