Kelly Slater will be celebrating his 44th birthday in early February. Remarkably, the 11-time World Champion is still spry one quarter century after his pro Tour debut. Beyond his freakish talent, his mid-career break, and the reinvention of his equipment, one of the biggest keys to Slater's longevity has been his healthy living habits, especially when it comes to eating.
These days, when he's not surfing or creating perfect waves, Slater is usually thinking about his next meal. Here are few of the secrets that keep the globe-trotting champ ready to surf wherever, whenever.
1. Stick with Real Food
These days all health markets contain organic products, which preserve natural resources, supporting biodiversity and animal welfare, and refrain from genetically modified ingredients. Through conscience eating Slater claims he's healthier and stronger now than he was when he first joined the Tour over 20 years ago.
2. When Life Gives You Lemons, Bring a Juicer
Whether you're a pro surfer or professional contractor, everybody faces the challenge of eating on the go and balancing meal time between surfs and work. #SnackBoy is a lesser-known nickname of the Champ, who apparently always has the food to fuel his fire wherever he goes. It's never too late to focus on where your next meal comes during long days at work.
3. Gross is Good!
According to the Mayo Clinic, more research is needed to determine the exact benefits that probiotics ("good" bacteria commonly found in yogurt) provide the body. However, early research suggest there may be a positive link between probiotics and digestion.
Despite their less-than-stellar outward appearance, Slater seems to be on board with the microorganisms' healthy results. And though the official effects are still to be determined, it might not surprise anybody if "keeping World Title hopes alive" is listed as one of the benefits.
4. Learn to Energize Naturally
Slater has few stickers on his board these days, but Purps is usually one them. Slater and fellow Purps co-founders, Dr. Chris Schaumburg and PM Tenore, sought to create health products "designed with a purpose using premium ingredients, with no artificial colors, no artificial flavors and no preservatives." While many surfers on Tour rep energy drinks, the most winning World Champ is one of the few that rocks the all-natural type.
Ultimately what goes in your body is as important as the work you do on your body, and even Slater admits there's more to be done.