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Kelly Slater, influential? We think so. Photo: ASP/Rowland

Kelly Slater, influential? We think so. Photo: ASP/Rowland


The Inertia

In preparing for the X-Games, the good folks at ESPN took a stab at nailing down the 50 Most Influential Figures in Action Sports. Who do you think topped that list?

None other than our favorite 11-time World Champion and global surfing ambassador, Kelly Slater.

Quite a few other surfers and surf figures made the list as well: Steph Gilmore at #13, Dane Reynolds at #14, the freshly Hurleyed-out John John Florence at #16, Nick Woodman (the mastermind behind GoPro who helped architect this GoPro X Kelly collaboration clip), filmer Kai Neville at #39, Shane Dorian at #45, and Mike Olson of Lib Technologies.

Check out ESPN’s full list here.

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