Slater speaks

En route to Tahiti, the nine-time world champ talks U.S. Open, Teahupoo and Tavarua.

Updated: August 31, 2010, 12:06 PM ET
By Micah Abrams | ESPN Action Sports

If you're nine-time world champ Kelly Slater, this is your life: Spend a week in Huntington Beach, Calif. amidst the largest action-sports festival in the world, where trying to get from your car to the U.S. Open of Surfing's competitor's area becomes a grim sort of full-contact sport, then take a fistful of days to catch your breath, hop a flight to the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and await potentially life-threatening swell on the ASP World Tour's most dangerous reef.

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