This is Why Slater's the Smartest Surfer on Tour

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Some surfers simply go surfing. They don't care about the environment, and they certainly don't care about saving animals. They care about themselves. Kelly Slater is of a different breed, however. He's one of the few surfers on tour who graduated high school with a 4.0 GPA and, yeah, he's pretty good when it comes to getting out the message. And in his latest installment, Kelly discusses what he is doing to raise awareness about one of the most beloved creatures on earth …. the killer whale.

By Kelly Slater

Have you seen the film #Blackfish yet? I assumed a lot about #Orcas' intelligence but had no real knowledge on the subject. Adults spend their entire lives in pods alongside their parents and swim up to 100 miles a day. They're one of the most intelligent and self-aware species in the world (making them highly inquisitive and unsuited for captivity). Although it's not totally understood at this time, most adult males and some females in captivity encounter dorsal fin collapse which is rather rare in the wild unless the whale is sick or injured. Captive whales have cute #Chinook names like #Tilikum, #Shamu, #Kyuquot or #Kasatka. I'm assuming that's so they can sound authentically Eskimo-like or something? I've always found that odd. For these animals, freedom=happiness.

I know there's an argument that people wouldn't be exposed to them otherwise and that it potentially helps species conservation yet there are no studies correlating whales or dolphins benefitting in any way from being publicly displayed in theme parks. In fact, quite the opposite. These mammals are strictly used to make money and sell tickets. If people want to be exposed to these creatures badly enough they should go see them in the wild where they're happy and don't attack or kill people. As a side note, I believe all of these trainers have their hearts in the right place and unfortunately they're the ones stuck with the responsibility and guilt about the fate of these #MajesticBeings. So I figured I'd paint my boards like Orcas to raise some awareness about the topic and the film. I even got the chance to speak with #GabrielaCowperthwaite, the director, writer and producer of Blackfish, to educate myself further on the subject. And one of my favorite artists, @kevinancell (ANP RVCA artist), has been kind enough to work his magic on my boards. It's cool to work on a project with Kevin and great to see how crazy passionate he is about these paintings and the #SubliminalMessages in them.

If all goes to plan, we'll auction a bunch of these boards to raise some money for a good cause. #TheOrcaBoardProject. #AnimalSlavery #TheCove @seashepherd #DawnBrancheau #Namu #DFW #Grampus #KillerWhales


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Some surfers simply go surfing. They don't care about the environment, and they certainly don't care about saving animals. They care about themselves. Kelly Slater is of a different breed, however. He's one of the few surfers on tour who graduated high school with a 4.0 GPA and, yeah, he's pretty good when it comes to getting out the message. And in his latest installment, Kelly discusses what he is doing to raise awareness about one of the most beloved creatures on earth …. the killer whale.

By Kelly Slater

Have you seen the film #Blackfish yet? I assumed a lot about #Orcas' intelligence but had no real knowledge on the subject. Adults spend their entire lives in pods alongside their parents and swim up to 100 miles a day. They're one of the most intelligent and self-aware species in the world (making them highly inquisitive and unsuited for captivity). Although it's not totally understood at this time, most adult males and some females in captivity encounter dorsal fin collapse which is rather rare in the wild unless the whale is sick or injured. Captive whales have cute #Chinook names like #Tilikum, #Shamu, #Kyuquot or #Kasatka. I'm assuming that's so they can sound authentically Eskimo-like or something? I've always found that odd. For these animals, freedom=happiness.

I know there's an argument that people wouldn't be exposed to them otherwise and that it potentially helps species conservation yet there are no studies correlating whales or dolphins benefitting in any way from being publicly displayed in theme parks. In fact, quite the opposite. These mammals are strictly used to make money and sell tickets. If people want to be exposed to these creatures badly enough they should go see them in the wild where they're happy and don't attack or kill people. As a side note, I believe all of these trainers have their hearts in the right place and unfortunately they're the ones stuck with the responsibility and guilt about the fate of these #MajesticBeings. So I figured I'd paint my boards like Orcas to raise some awareness about the topic and the film. I even got the chance to speak with #GabrielaCowperthwaite, the director, writer and producer of Blackfish, to educate myself further on the subject. And one of my favorite artists, @kevinancell (ANP RVCA artist), has been kind enough to work his magic on my boards. It's cool to work on a project with Kevin and great to see how crazy passionate he is about these paintings and the #SubliminalMessages in them.

If all goes to plan, we'll auction a bunch of these boards to raise some money for a good cause. #TheOrcaBoardProject. #AnimalSlavery #TheCove @seashepherd #DawnBrancheau #Namu #DFW #Grampus #KillerWhales

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