Lewis Hamilton exchanges Formula One to surf with Kelly Slater

Lewis Hamilton exchanges Formula One for surfing and testing himself on waves with eleven-time world champion Kelly Slater

  • Lewis Hamilton switched his Formula 1 car for waves as he tried to surf
  • The five-time world champion got tips from surf legend Kelly Slater
  • American Slater has won 11 world surfing championships in a career of 30 years

James Ayles for Mailonline

Lewis Hamilton benefited optimally from the end-of-year break of Formula One by trying out a new sport.

The five-time world champion worked with surf legend Kelly Slater to tackle the waves on a board.

In a video posted on his Instagram, he can be seen by putting on a wet suit before he meets Slater and goes into the water.

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Lewis Hamilton spent time surfing the 11-time world champion Kelly Slater

Lewis Hamilton spent time surfing the 11-time world champion Kelly Slater

The reigning F1 world champion exchanged his race overall for a wet suit to enter the water

The experienced surfer then teaches Hamilton some tricks on the water, while the Briton proves that he is not going down.

Hamilton then shows a few of his skills, only on the waves in front of the cameras.

Hamilton endorsed the video: "New Year, new sport, time to learn new things." Thanks #goat Kelly Slater for teaching me! That was wheel. & # 39;

With the new Formula 1 season starting no earlier than March 17 in Australia, Hamilton – who turned 34 on January 7 – still has much more time to hit the water and sharpen his skills.

Equipped with his own plate, Hamilton shows the ropes of Slater in the water

Equipped with his own plate, Hamilton shows the ropes of Slater in the water

Equipped with his own plate, Hamilton shows the ropes of Slater in the water

Hamilton seems to ride medium-sized waves with relative comfort and skills

Hamilton seems to ride medium-sized waves with relative comfort and skills

Hamilton seems to ride medium-sized waves with relative comfort and skills

Slater, born in Florida, is a world champion surfing 11 and holds the record for the youngest world champion at 20 and the oldest at 39.

He is widely regarded as the largest ever exponent of the sport, and can still compete if surfing gets its Olympic debut in Tokyo 2020.

Although he is already 48 by that time, Slater has not officially confirmed or denied whether he intends to participate.

Slater, 46, regularly participates in surf events and is considered a great sport

Slater, 46, regularly participates in surf events and is considered a great sport

Slater, 46, regularly participates in surf events and is considered a great sport

Hamilton resumes the regular service when the new Formula 1 season starts on March 17

Hamilton resumes the regular service when the new Formula 1 season starts on March 17

Hamilton resumes the regular service when the new Formula 1 season starts on March 17

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