News: Kelly Slater is from Florida

Notable FL surfers and politicians talk Slater's significance

Updated: March 30, 2011, 5:54 PM ET
By Jon Coen | ESPN Action Sports

"To Florida surfers, Kelly Slater is Superman, King Neptune, and Jesus Christ all rolled in to one."

Nick McGregor, editor of Eastern Surf Magazine, admits that his words sound sacrilegious, especially in the South.

"But if Kelly is considered the best surfer in the world for people in South America, Australia, Africa, Asia, and Europe, imagine how proud we are of him back here where he came from. And the fact that he came from Cocoa Beach, where waves rarely top chest-high ...

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