The richest surfer is undoubtedly Kelly Slater. The American professional surfer has an estimated net worth of $22 million. He has been crowned ASP World Champion a record 11 times and is widely regarded as the greatest competitive surfer of all time.
Slater began surfing at the age of seven and quickly developed into a prodigy. By the age of 20, he had already won his first world title. Since then, he has gone on to win an unprecedented 11 world titles, including an incredible five in a row from 1994-98. He also holds the record for the most wins in ASP tour events with 55 victories.
In addition to his success in competition, Slater has also proven to be a savvy businessman off the waves. He has launched his own successful clothing line and surfboard brand, and he also owns several restaurants and bars. His businesses have only added to his already considerable wealth, making him easily the richest surfer in the world today.