Evan Slater’s obsession with the sport of surfing started more than 20 years ago in his hometown of Ventura, when he entered his first amateur contest with the hope of someday becoming one of the world’s top professionals. Later on he collected five national titles and spent three years on the National Scholastic Surfing Association National Team, but noetheless decided to enroll at the University of California San Diego after graduating from high school. From there, he dabbled in two worlds: college and pro surfing.
During his stint at UCSD, Evan visited Madeira Island, stunning the world with the first pictorials from this undiscovered big-wave paradise. By the time Slater graduated from college, he had become one of the most recognized young big-wave riders in the world.
Evan also established himself early-on as an excellent writer, working on the staff at Surfer Magazine for many years, while still competing as a professional surfer. Currently the editor of Surfing Magazine, he still manages to prove himself as a formidable big-wave surfer, finishing second in the 2004 Maverick’s Contest.