1. Early Careers
The lifestories of Kelly and Phil bear uncanny similarities. Both came on the scene in the early 1990’s, and have dominated their sports ever since.
Power won his first World Title in 1990, Slater in 1992. Both failed to defend their maiden world titles (losing out to Dennis Priestly in ’91 and Derek Ho in ’93, respectively), but came back to reclaim their crowns (in ’92 and ’94). Phew-y!
2. Unparalleled Performance Heights
Slater is one of four surfers to have surfed a perfect heat (Parko, Flores and Beschen); in fact, like Joel, he’s surfed two of them.
Taylor, on the other hand, nailed two 9 dart finishes in one 2010 Premier League match, the only player in history to do so.
3. Box Office
Slater famously appeared as Jimmy Slade in Baywatch in 1991, starring alongside Pam Anderson and David Hasselhoff in 6 episodes. Taylor made a cameo in Coronation Street in 2009, featuring as a character named ‘Disco Dave’.
While Kelly’s show, co-stars and character were all sexier, his acting was done before any major titles were won, while Taylor’s done at the height of his competitive career.
Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor, Tahiti… no wait, that’s Slater. Photo: Timo
4. Career Earnings
Taylor prize money earnings surpassed £5 million in 2012, which is about $US 8.2m
Slater’s WSL prize money earnings come in at a measly $US 3.7m (less than half!).
Kelly has been rumoured to have had romantic ties to the likes of Pam, Gisele and Cameron, before settling down with long-term partner Kalani Miller.
Taylor is married (with kids) to Yvonne, although was fined £2000 for indecent assault in 1999 for allegedly fondling two 23-year-old women in his motor home.
As far as we know, Taylor has never been out with anyone so famed for their beauty that you could refer to them only by their first name.
Slater, unlike Taylor, has been nowhere near an indecent assault charge, ever. Photo: Timo