In the Wake: Kelly Slater Channels Loss Into Surfing

The third entry in the ‘Lost Tapes’ series follows the world surfing champion as he copes with the loss of a dear friend and competitor.

Kelly Slater is a busy guy — competing, innovating surfboard fins, building monster wave machines, still winning the occasional World Surf League title … and, most recently, creating a YouTube series.

But when he received news of fellow surfer and kindred spirit Sunny Garcia’s passing, his normally rapid cadence slowed.

In this episode, “The Dream Tour,” Slater strives to channel his grief into surfing — and honor Garcia in the process.

Runtime: 20 minutes

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Jilli Cluff

Jilli grew up in the rural southern Colorado mountains, later moving to Texas for college. After seven years in corporate consulting, she was introduced to sport climbing — and life would never be the same. She now works as a contributor, gear tester, and editor for GearJunkie and other outlets within the AllGear family. She is based out of Atlanta, Georgia where she takes up residence with her climbing gear and one-eared blue heeler, George Michael.