When pro surfer John Florence won his first-ever world title on Tuesday, it felt like the future of the sport was here.
In an interview with the World Surf League (WSL) published on Wednesday, the 11-time world champion declared that he was ready to take “one more stab” at claiming his 12th world title.
“I think I’m going to take one more stab at a title next year and really try to put a year together,” Slater told the WSL’s Anna Dimond. “I’m pretty inspired by what panned out this year in the back half.”
“So I’m going to take these next four months, get my body together, and get my motivation and my boards and everything right and see if I can really put together a focused year,” Slater continued.
In March, Slater admitted to being in a professional slump and considering retirement.
“I’ve just been having a hard time getting into the flow of it and just relaxing,” Slater told the WSL after round 2 of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.
But this summer, something seemed to click in Slater.
Beyond declaring that he was ready to fully dedicate himself to competitive surfing, Slater also expressed his happiness for Florence, who Slater has known since Florence was a child.
“I felt like a proud brother,” Slater said about watching Florence lift the title trophy. “I’ve known John since he was in the single digits. When he and his brothers were so small, I could get him on my back and have him stand up while I was bodysurfing.”
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