Transcript for Surfer Kelly Slater talks pivotal career moments in ‘Greatness Code’
We are so excited for the greatest surfer of all tile, 11 world titles. Amazing. He also holds the distinction of being the youngest ever champion as well as the oldest ever world champion and now he is one of the amazing athletes featured in a new documentary series called "Greatness code." Please welcome, guy, Kelly slater. Good morning to you. Hi, guys. Good morning. We're so happy you are here. We'll start off with a flashback Friday and it involves -- we'll go way back to the early 1990s. It involves going head-to-head with an octopus? So I hear. It's been a while. Tell us about it. That is you and an octopus. I can't see the clip but this was -- I did "Baywatch" for a couple of seasons, on seven she's and one of the brilliant story lines was that our boarders go into a cave and we have to fight an octopus. It was good -- well, it was special. He says brilliant story lines. On the brilliant story lines, wow. Brilliant. Good sarcasm this early in the morning. But the documentary to the series we're talking about stalks about pivotal moments for great athletes called "Greatness code." What exactly does that mean. How do you define that greatness code. Greatness code, I think it's that point in your life as an athlete that makes or breaks you, the thing that potentially makes you great at your skill, your sport. It's a moment in time that, you know, you're kind of called to duty to accomplish your goal and you can see it and you're not there yet but you know what you have to do. Let's take a look at a clip. I really think of it like a spiritual experience for myself every day. Feeling of riding a wave, tapping that energy that's there, I'm not a religious person. My church is surfing and there's nowhere else in the world I get that feeling from. When did you first have that feeling when you were on a board? When did I first -- the first -- so I can't see you guys, so I'm not sure if we're watching or listening. My first -- the first time I had a feeling, I was maybe about 5 years old. I remember I used to ride these styrofoam boards you bought for about 5 bucks at the little store up the street and I was reading a wave and a guy said how do you stand up on that thing? I said, I don't know, I'm really just stand up and ride and maybe when I was about 8, my dad first really saw me surf a wave and I did some maneuvers that felt like I was doing the right thing. You make it look so easy. We know surfing is set to be in the olympics for the first time in Tokyo. You are an alternate on the U.S. Team. So what about 2024? You thinking ahead at all? Well, I'm still thinking about next year. Both of the guys ahead of me, kind of the man to beat. From San Clemente, he threatened for world titles. I was just behind those guys and they both had injuries, numerous injuries for John and one last year for him so I'm trying to stay healthy in case that spot opens up, but I didn't surf my way on and just said 2024 is another deal. They'll probably be running it. It'll be in France but we'll compete in tahiti, they're saying, which is a French territory at a really dangerous amazing wave which I've had a lot of success at. I'm not looking forward to being pro four years from now, would be basically retired but would probably be the oldest olympic athlete if I made the team. We're cheering you on whatever you decide to do, thank you, Kelly slater. All episodes of "Greatness code" available to stream on apple TV plus.
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