His goofy grin is unmistakable, his musical talents…undeniable. The 45 year old Foo Fighters front man is not your average rock star. Despite bashing his drums like a caveman on crack , he is a spokesperson against drugs, advocate for marriage equality , and according to many sources, one of the nicest guys “in the world”.
Family man, Entrepreneur, Thrill seeker, Humanitarian, Philanthropist, Trailblazer, Knight, and oh yeah, Billionaire. At 63, this business magnate (founder of the Virgin Group) seems to have all the YOG bases covered.
He is rarely seen without a smile on that ginger bearded dial. Most of his publicity stunts alone show that Sir Richard doesn’t take himself too seriously, while also demonstrating appreciation for the female form. Okay, so he may have billions, but he does his best to keep it real and relate to the everyday man, which is one of his most yoggish qualities.
Peak physical condition? Check. Hollywood looks? Check. World Champion, Activist, Businessman, Guitarist, Golfer, Nice Guy etc., etc.? Check.
Born Robert Kelly Slater on February 11, 1972, he isn’t just a YOG, he’s a freak of nature. To win 11 World titles in any sport, let alone surfing is a monumental feat, and at 45, he appears far from done…
His dominance in surfing may have brought him global notoriety, but Slater’s talents and passions extend well beyond just riding waves.
He has a number of business ventures which have an underlining commitment to environmental sustainability, such as his clothing label Outerknown. But arguably his greatest achievement in the business realm is the development and recent unveiling of the world’s best man made wave, which of course, is powered entirely by the sun.
Slater is an advocate for clean living, which helps explain his youthful appearance and continued athletic prowess, endorsing products such as Purps health drinks and Chia Pod health snacks.
Given his attributes and positive influence on millions of people of all ages, Kelly Slater is an easy choice for admission into the YOG Hall Of Fame, but we also like him because given the opportunity, you could still sit and have a beer with this humble legend…well…maybe not a beer…