He was a professional pro surfer who acted in several seasons
When Kelly Slater portrayed Jimmy Slade in 27 episodes from 1992 to 1996, he was a professional surfer. After becoming famous on Baywatch, Slater has remained committed to what he loves most: surfing.
“I know a lot of people called me a sellout, and that was totally fair, as it was commercializing surf culture for a character,” he said when he was asked why he quit Baywatch. “