In a culture that was primarily driven by the short-board generation Slater Trout chose to forge his own path back in 2006 when he began his stand up paddling career. By doing so he found himself competing with, and succeeding against, athletes mostly double his age. Slater feels this has given him tremendous experience as an athlete and has strengthened his character. Slater is known within the industry as a true ambassador and a positive representation of the sport. Anyone that meets Slater quickly recognizes they they’re dealing with an utmost professional that takes his craft seriously. At 6’3” and 180lbs, Slater puts the time and energy in the gym and on the water to insure his best possible performance.
This is evidenced by his success thus far…
- 6 time podium finisher at the famous Gerry Lopez, Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle (known as the World Championships of Stand Up), 2nd in 2009 at the age of 14 and 3rd the following year at 15.
- Honored with the title “2010 Junior of the Year” by the Stand Up Journal.
- Trials winner of the 1st stop of the first ever Stand Up World Tour, Sunset Beach Pro, Oahu, Hawaii 2010.
- US Champion, 14ft. Elite Class Men’s, Hennessey’s Paddleboard Championships.
Originally from Florida, Slater spent his young years learning to surf on the Gulf Coast and honing his stand up skills in Hawaii. Now living in California, Slater is dedicated to the waterman lifestyle, SUPing, surfing, swimming, tow surfing, outrigger canoeing. He loves anything that keeps him on the water. Slater’s passion lies in Stand Up…”There’s something about standing on water that does it for me. The view is different. The fact that you have to use your total body all the time to maintain balance makes it unique, and most importantly the people. I have met some of the coolest people from all walks of life, young and old, it’s a sport that anyone can gravitate to”.