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Meet five surfers ready to take over the reigns from Slater

Updated: April 28, 2009, 2:47 PM ET
By Max Klinger | ESPN The Magazine

This story appeared in the May 4, 2009 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

Kelly Slater is the greatest competitive surfer in history. He joined the World Championship Tour in 1991 and has since won a record nine titles. Now 37, Slater may retire after this season whether or not he wins No. 10. That possibility raises the monster question: Who will replace the legend? These fresh-faced five are poised to rip.

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DANE REYNOLDS, 23, UNITED ...

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