Andy Irons' Poetic Fury

After three years of voluntary semi-retirement, Kelly Slater found that life outside the pro tour could be a little rough. His band recorded a CD with T-Bone Burnett as producer, but the album bombed. Pamela Andersen dumped him for ex-husband Tommy Lee, then came back for round two, and dumped him again for a Calvin Klein underwear model—with Slater himself getting the news, along with everybody else, from the tabloids. By the end of 2001, surfing better than ever, he was ready to get back on...