In a culture that has been primarily driven by the short-board generation, 18-year-old Slater Trout chose to forge his own path. By doing so, he has found himself competing with and succeeding against athletes mostly double his age. Slater feels that this has given him tremendous experience as athlete and has strengthened his character. Slater is known within the industry as the future of Stand Up Paddling, a true ambassador and a positive representation of the sport. Anyone that meets Slater quickly realizes that they’re dealing with an utmost professional that takes his craft seriously. At 6’2” 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 from this year:
• Being honored with the title “2010 Junior of the Year” by the Stand up Journal.
• 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 a 3rd at the age of 15.
• US Champion, 14ft. Elite Class Men’s, Hennessey’s Paddleboard Championships
• Trials Winner of the 1st stop of the Stand up World Tour, Sunset Beach Pro, Oahu Hawaii 2010
Originally from Florida, Slater spent his very early years learning to surf on the Gulf Coast. Now living in Maui, Hawaii, Slater has dedicated himself to the waterman lifestyle, SUPing, Surfing, Tow Surfing, Outrigger Canoe, basically anything that will keep him on the water. Slater’s passion lies in Stand Up…”There is 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.”