Kelly Slater named one of GQ's 25 'Coolest Athletes of All Time'
GQ magazine has graced one of its February covers with Kelly Slater, including the iconic surfer on its list of the 25 "Coolest Athletes of All Time."
The issue, available nationwide on newsstands now, features nine separate covers of athletes past and present.
"The athletes featured on GQ's '25 Coolest' list were chosen by the editors of the magazine, and were included based on the fact that they excelled in their sport and showed individuality in the way they played, exemplified cool, and had a unique sense of style/appearance -- which are reflected in the photos featured on the nine separate covers," a GQ spokeswoman told Outposts.
GQ contributor William Finnegan wrote the following of Slater:
In 1992, Kelly Slater became the youngest world champion in the admittedly brief history of pro surfing. In 2010, while winning his tenth world title at 38, he became the oldest.
In a sport where hot kids constantly push the aerial envelope into outlandish new realms, Slater has never stopped innovating. He almost seems to get younger, looser, more original with the years.
The 10-time Assn. of Surfing Professionals World Tour champion joins a list of top athletes from across the sports spectrum, including Michael Jordan, Arnold Palmer, Pelé, Björn Borg and Joe Namath.
-- Kelly Burgess
Photo: The February GQ cover featuring Kelly Slater. Credit: GQ