[UPDATE: Photos!] Kelly Slater Has Given Surfing Quite a Lot, Huntington Beach is Giving Him Key to the City
UPDATE, JUNE 22, 2011, 12:07 P.M.: A fixture in the surf world for over 21 years, professional surfer Kelly Slater was presented the Key to the City of Huntington Beach on June 21, the first day of summer. Click here to see the slideshow.
ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 17, 2011, 8:30 A.M.: The sport of surfing and most any city in which he has ever competed owes Kelly Slater a token of gratitude. Like Tiger Woods is/was to golfing or Lance Armstrong is/was to cycling (scandal will really screw a Q rating), Slater drives attendance and interest like no surfer before or after him. Slater has already received the key to two other cities (his hometown, Cocoa Beach and San Clemente) and now Huntington Beach is bestowing the honor on the 10-time world champion.
Wherever he surfs, Slater is welcomed and admired.
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