KELLY SLATER HAS LEFT THE BUILDING. NOW WHAT?

Kelly Slater lost his Round Two heat this morning, in crap waves, against an unknown Portugeuse journeyman, in front of a few dozen spectators. It was a graceless end to . . . what? Slater's 2013 title run, for sure. His career as a full-time ASP competitor? Probably. Slater will no doubt surf at an incredible level right into his handsome dotage, but let me give voice to the cliche that is rattling around in a lot of heads right now and say that we've just witnessed the end of the Slater Era...