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Jordy Smith On Kelly Slater's X-Factor In Fiji

There are places and events on Tour where the Kelly Slater mystique remains ever baffling. Fiji is one of those places. His romance with Tavarua Island and uncanny relationship with Cloudbreak have come to define his career. His exploits under pressure at Cloudbreak -- not to mention Pipeline and Teahupo'o -- have broken performance boundaries and expanded the realities of backside tube-riding. Slater's relaxed confidence and swiveling hips are an almost unfair advantage. In this excerpt from a sit-down profile with Jordy Smith, the big South African reveals what it was like facing down the Slater buzzsaw at the 2016 Fiji Pro.

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