I don't think most pros but definitely some. Its not quite Phil Mickelson level. The resentment comes from the fact that many think he gets preferential scoring and that he is insanely competitive. Also don't forget that he is 36 yrs old. Most of the guys are tour are in their 20's. The guys he came up with (Machado, Dorian, Patty O, et al) have moved on from the tour.
Human nature dictates that most people who aren't successful must despise the successful (after all that's way easier then elevating yourself). as for preferential treatment, that's much easier than admitting you got schooled by Slater.
I think it's time for him to quit. We all know he is a great surfer and that will never change. Just give it up already and let some new guys in. Personally I don't care for him or his style. Don't get me wrong he totally rips and as far as a contest surfer he is unbeatable but I have always liked Machados style way more. I'm not jealous just tired of hearing about him and seeing his face everywhere, with me he wore out his welcome.
I guess what I am saying is, if it is in his interest to keep competing and beating everyone and if he personally feels the need to do it, it's an unlikable quality. If there are a bunch of guys in the lineup that are not as good a surfer as you are, you can take humbling them only so long before you give them a break. I would think he knows (and we know) he can do it at will, so what exactly is the purpose to keep doing it? With that amount of skill and achievement I would think he would have the dignity to bow out and go live his life.
Also he has been in it so long that the judging criteria has evolved around his style to some degree so of course he surfs his style the best and keeps winning. There are tons of guys around that I see locally that are so impressive but they follow that style of surfing only. Thats why when I see someone surfing a fish, longboard or anything else well, I tend to be more impressed. The slater style is the cookie cutter for good surfing and everyone who wants to surf contests aspires to it. It looks very generic to me.
I watched the final video at least three times now....it was close, real close, and could have gone either way. What I got from it is that both surfers were over scored for the waves thay took and what they did with them. The Aussies first wave was, regardless of number of turns,.. was over scored. That seems to have set the tone for the rest of the scores and rides. In the end, I saw some 36 year old working hard to make up lost ground,... And making it look good, as well as trying to throw in some extra,.. in craped out waves.
I do not think I have ever heard someone refer to KS's surfing as "generic", that is hard to understand.
Bottom line is,...even if they were giving him points just because, that would never end up making for 8,..going on 9 world titles. No one started to complain until now. So what would have changed if KS got second? Nothing,..still Number one on tour and still going for the 9th world title.
I really do not think those who do not have that type drive could ever understand those of us who do. Everyone is not created equal.......
Like any great champ he should go out on his owns terms, which he will,.. unless someone steps up and knocks him off,....time after time, which none have been able to do so far.
I say keep surfing or doing what you do best as long as you can. Because you know that no matter what, one day everyones prime slips away.
Enjoy the show while you can and be greatfull for being able to see such a high level of proformance, since they are very rare nowadays.
Zippy, maybe he keeps doing it cause he loves competing. You sound like a pretty non-competitive person (no diss, just and observation) and if you are i can see how you feel that way you do. I don't think KS competes to humble people. He competes because he loves it.