Kelly Slater achieved perfection earlier this week.
The legendary professional surfer notched a flawless 20.00 score during a quarterfinal heat at the Volcom Fiji Pro on Tuesday. According to ESPN.com, this was just the fourth perfect heat score ever tallied in ASP history.
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“The waves are the stars today,” Slater later said, via ASP International. “When they come, they’re unbelievable."
Attempting to put Slater's latest performance and career in perspective for those who don't follow professional surfing, Mark Lukach of The Daily Beast evoked a name that sports fan across the globe will find familiar: Michael Jordan.
"A vocal contingent of surf writers consider Slater the greatest athlete of all time," wrote Lukach on Wednesday. "Nonbelievers say that Kelly Slater is the Michael Jordan of surfing; surfers insist that it's Michael Jordan who is the Kelly Slater of basketball."