Updated: Sep 24
Kelly Slater's Lost Tapes have been found — and you have to check them out.
What are Kelly Slater's Lost Tapes?
The World Surf League, in partnership with Outerknown, released a free-to-watch, 11-part documentary series all about the 11-time world Champion entitled the Lost Tapes featuring his exploits in and out of the contest jersey.
"From free surfs to travel to adventures around the world, this never-before-seen footage follows 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater before, after, and outside competition."
The Lost Tapes join several other surf documentaries that are considered "must-watches".
How to Watch Kelly Slater's Lost Tapes
Don't worry, you don't need to pull out your wallet for this.
No paywall, no subscription necessary.
You can watch Episodes 1 — 11 of Kelly Slater's Lost Tapes for free below.
Kelly Slater Lost Tapes Episode 1: A New Year
In the premiere episode of the Lost Tapes, presented by Outerknown, Kelly Slater prepares for the start of the 2019 WSL Championship Tour and the hunt for his twelfth World Title.
Before the demanding season begins, he trains his body and fuels his mindset with the people and passions that make the Gold Coast of Australia feel like home.
Kelly Slater Lost Tapes Episode 2: The Storm
In episode 2 of Kelly Slater's Lost Tapes, presented by Outerknown, Kelly Slater heads to the next event at Bells Beach early to refocus after a disappointing start.
In the iconic surf town of Torquay, Australia, he connects with the rich surf scene and inspires the young local surfers.
With one of the biggest swells in memory headed towards Bells, he surfs as much as possible and dials in his quiver before the crucial event.
Kelly Slater: Lost Tapes | The Dream Tour - Episode 3
In Bali, Kelly is dealt a blow when he gets tough news regarding his longtime friend and competitor Sunny Garcia. When competition begins, he channels Sunny's power and focus as he advances through challenging heats and attempts to prove he can still perform at the peak of his powers.
Kelly Slater: Lost Tapes | Out of The Box - Episode 4
Before the next Championship Tour stop in Margaret River, Australia, Kelly takes some time to explore all the natural attractions that the stunning region has to offer. Then, after getting reacquainted with Western Australia’s powerful surf, he faces heavy competition and even heavier barrels at The Box.
Kelly Slater: Lost Tapes | Pure Passion - Episode 5
In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Kelly experiences the biggest crowds and most passionate fans on tour. As he battles through another superheat in the water, he also fights to stay focused amid the intense environment, pressure, and spotlight.
Kelly Slater: Lost Tapes | Seize the Bay - Episode 6
In Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, Kelly fights to clear his mind and focus on the fun of surfing. That challenge proves tougher than expected after a back injury and a challenging head-to-head matchup in the competition.
Kelly Slater: Lost Tapes | The End of the Road - Episode 7
Kelly heads to Teahupoo, Tahiti, a place he’s won five events at in his legendary career. Though he reconnects with the amazing people, the idyllic setting, and the perfect but dangerous wave, he has trouble finding success in the contest.
Kelly Slater: Lost Tapes | Golden Opportunity - Episode 8
Kelly returns to Miyazaki, Japan for the first time since 1990 to compete with Team USA for a spot in the upcoming Olympics. The uncrowded free surfs and unique international contest environment bring back fond memories of his amateur surfing days.
Kelly Slater: Lost Tapes | The Perfect Wave - Episode 9
The next Championship Tour event is in the Lemoore, California at the Surf Ranch, a man-made wave Kelly designed. Competing at his own creation forces him to play host while also chasing a much-needed good result.
Kelly Slater: Lost Tapes | The Old World - Episode 10
When the tour moves on to Europe, Kelly reconnects with one of his oldest and closest friends, Stephen "Belly" Bell, a longtime tour manager who's retiring after the season. Disappointing results in France and Portugal, combined with his friend's retirement, force Kelly to consider his own career timeline.
Kelly Slater: Lost Tapes | Curtain Call - Episode 11
In the finale, Kelly arrives on the North Shore of Oahu earlier than usual and decides to surf the Triple Crown in the lead-up to the final Championship Tour event at Pipeline.
With a run of good swell and the eyes of the entire surfing world on Pipe, Kelly ends the season on a high note by scoring a perfect 10, winning his first Triple Crown in 21 years, and finishing the season ranked 8th overall.
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