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Meet uber athlete Kelly Slater

MF: You've been featured in video games, released an autobiography, and have even starred for a season on Baywatch. Are there any other media avenues you're trying to take over?

KS: I'm not trying to take over anything other than things that are part of what I already do. I do love to play music and have a passion for golf somehow but the media I do is generally about what I'm already doing. I am in the process of writing a surfing technical book.

MF: While on the subject of media, the title of your upcoming DVD ("Letting Go") hints that it may be slightly reflective on your career. Is this where you're at mentally right now?

KS: That's a metaphor for many things in my life that I need to follow.

MF: You've traveled the world throughout the span of your career; what's the craziest thing you've seen on the road?

KS: A man eat his own puke off the street so his friends could get a photo of it. Oh, he was English.

MF: What is the craziest encounter you've had with a female fan? I'm sure one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" (1991) has had his fair share of groupie love.

KS: I had a crazy stalker sleep outside my door in a hotel in France and follow me all over the city and beach with signs saying things about me as if she was part of a crowd of people only she was by herself.

MF: What does a 34-year-old vet do in his downtime?

KS: Music and golf.

MF: When it's all said and done, how would you like the world to remember you and your contributions?

KS: That I gave back and had a good heart.

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