Captions and Photos by Steve Sherman
When the time came to decide how we’d cover Kelly Slater’s obviously monumental feat, it didn’t take long for us to call Steve Sherman. For more than 25 years, Sherm has been shooting surfing and skating like it was radical art. His portfolio consists of enough iconic photojournalism, portraits and legends of the sport at their most intimate times to fill myriad books and museum walls. So it was pretty easy to get him on the front line in Puerto Rico. He’s done this before. Sherm has been documenting Kelly Slater very closely for 18 years and they’ve developed a fantastic working and personal relationship, allowing Sherm access to photographing Kelly all over the world, way behind the scenes. For a fan of surfing, this collection should bring back some memories and hopefully supply a few new ones. Here Sherm narrates us through a few outtakes of the issue. Grab a copy at your local shop — these are only available on newsstands and at surf retailers.
This is Kelly and Taylor Knox, both feeling a little bit hung-over this year at J-Bay post contest. As you can see, Kelly still likes his cereal.
This is obviously Kelly winning number 10 at Middles in Puerto Rico. This is the front-line, as heavy as its ever been.
This is a shot of what I believe is the quarterfinal heat in Puerto Rico. What I like about this though is that is the Hawaiian flag flying in the foreground in Andy’s honor.
This is Mundaka after he became Sl9er. What I like about this is that he filled the cup with Champagne and he told everyone to take a drink out of it. It’s a people’s champ moment.
This is on the Spain and Portugal border. He got a ticket for being on his iPhone while driving. He paid for this with 150 Euros cash, on the spot.
This is a shot from January of 1995 at Haleiwa. He’s about to paddle out into really big Haleiwa with the Hobgoods.
This is Andy and Kelly at Rock Food in France. Whenever I saw Kelly and Andy interacting I would always creep a couple.
This is Thanksgiving in 2003 at the Hill house. The Hills always have a big Thanksgiving dinner for all the boys. I love his Mickey Dora shirt here.