Check out Chris's Blog HERE to see what other SUP'ers made the cut!
Narrowly beating out the likes of Jaime Mitchell, Dave Kalama, and Connor Baxter, Slater is well deserving of his spot on this list. Just in case you are not familiar with what this guy did in just his 15th year of life, here's a quick reminder:
* 1st Stand Up World Tour, Hulakai Trials, Sunset Beach, wave contest, Oahu
* 2nd Maui Brewing Company North Shore Challenge, race from Maliko Gulch to Kahului Harbour, Maui
* 2nd Maui Interscholastic League Surfing Championships, longboard wave contest, Maui
* 1st Gulf Coast Championships, race, Madeira Beach, Florida
* 7th Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle Hawaii, race, Oahu
* 2nd Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle Hawaii, SUP relay race (Slater Trout, Candice Appleby, Scott Gamble, Matt Becker), Oahu
* 1st 2010 Hennessey’s US Paddleboard Championships, 14′ class race, Redondo Beach, California.
* 1st San Clemente Ocean Festival, 14′ class, 10k men’s open race
* 1st San Clemente Ocean Festival, SUP sprint race
* 1st San Clemente Ocean Festival, 14′ class, 3.5 mile race
* 2nd San Clemente Ocean Festival, SUP relay race
* 6th San Clemente Ocean Festival, SUP wave contest, 35 and under.
* 1st LA County Junior Lifeguard rescue board race, boys A, El Segundo.
* 1st California Surf Lifesaving Junior Regionals, rescue board race, boys A, San Diego.
* 3rd US LIfeguard Association Junior Nationals, rescue board race, boys A, Huntington Beach.
* 1st H20 Overdrive SUP Cup, 14′ class race, Park City, Utah
* 2nd Sea Paddle NYC Surfer’s Environmental Alliance, 28 mile race around Manhattan for Autism
* 3rd 2010 Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle, elite race, Dana Point, Calif.
* 2nd 2010 Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle, distance race, 14ft class, Dana Point, Calif.
* 1st 2010 Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle, SUP team relay with Jamie Mitchell, Brandi Baksic and Kelly Margetts
Results alone, however, do not make the boy a man. If you see Slater, take the time to chat for a few minutes and you'll quickly realize that it's not the results that are important to him. At 15, he has realized a truth that some never find; life is about the relationships. It's not how he does in the race that sets him apart, but what he does after. Slater is a solid ambassador of the sport, from surf to race, and always has a smile on his face.
Im pretty sure that Slater and Connor Baxter have some sort of a smile contest going on, because these are the only two guys who actually smile while they are racing.
With a solid family behind him, and the genetics of a thoroughbred, Slater has the makings of an elitist and a true waterman.
Some people are saying that Slater is the future of our sport.
I'm pretty sure he's the now.