Wildlife and Wild Waves in West Ozzie: Kelly Slater’s ‘Lost Tapes’ Rips

‘What would you do if you could make a documentary about your life?’ Now we know the most famous man in pro surfing would give butterfly kisses to an Australian rodent.

What’s a “quokka shaka”? I didn’t think I’d ever find myself asking either, but it turns out a quokka is a short-tailed scrub wallaby. A quokka shaka, then, is the familiar hand signal surf shredders like Kelly Slater use to greet the cute Australian bush critters — right before demolishing gorgeous surf at The Box, a reef break in Western Australia.

“The Lost Tapes” follows the legendary World Surf League (WSL) champ all over the world as he surfs for the same reason the rest of us do — to enjoy it.

Check out episode 4, “Out of the Box,” and stay tuned to the WSL’s YouTube channel for more.

Runtime: 20 minutes

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Sam Anderson

Sam has roamed the American continent to follow adventures, explore natural wonders, and find good stories. After going to college to be a writer, he got distracted (or saved) by rock climbing and spent most of the next decade on the road, supporting himself with trade work. He's had addresses in the Adirondack Mountains, Las Vegas, and somehow Kansas, but his heart belongs in the Texas hill country.

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