Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  1. Brilliantly designed, the waves and riders are appropriately the highlights, as the animations are smooth for both, and every wave's approach is unique enough to keep you entertained for as long as the increasingly sprawling levels of the Tony Hawk games.
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    An excellent first installment that offers gaming's best surfing experience. [4 Oct 2002, p.158]
  3. Game Informer
    Has a lot to unlock; it's visually appealing; and the music, voiceovers, and FMV all add to the atmosphere. I can dig it. [Oct 2002, p.91]
  4. Graphics, control, and sound all perform excellently without hiccups of any kind.
  5. Responsive control, consistently good visuals, and diverse gameplay will ensure that most anyone will end up enjoying this game.
  6. 88
    The Duke Kahanamoku of surfing video games. Yes, that's good.
  7. With smooth controls, stellar graphics, a killer soundtrack and enough extreme challenges to make Tony Hawk jealous, this is a title sport gamers will love.
  8. While it may not capture the "feel" of surfing quite as well as its closest competitor, it makes up for it with better wave models and the incredible number of actions to perform on each wave.
  9. 89
    A well-designed surf game, the best there is. What I particularly like about it is Treyarch's intelligent focus on the sport of surfing, instead of the tacky arcade tricks like adding ducks, turtles and other silly objectives.
  10. The career mode has a lot of depth, and pulling off all of the tricks in the spectacular looking waves is an absolute joy.
  11. Official Xbox Magazine
    It's a decent surf sim, but by no means definitive. [Nov 2002, p.120]
  12. Play Magazine
    The replays are totally interactive, the camera can be set just about anywhere, and the control is so easily grasped, you'll be busting out moves that would take you a lifetime to learn. [Oct 2002, p.85]
  13. KSPS is different, its fresh, its fun! Sure, it has its similarities to the Tony Hawk series, but it IS NOT some simple rehash with a surf board. The game makes you feel like a surfer, even though most of us are sitting on our asses only wishing we’d know what that life would be like.
  14. The mini documentaries on each beach at the start of every run and the cool jazzy music suit perfectly. This would seem to make Kelly Slater’s Pro Surfer the perfect game for hard-core surfing fans.
  15. Xbox Nation Magazine
    It's the curse of making a reasonable, realistic surfing game - it just doesn't offer a very compelling videogame experience. [Fall 2002, p.120]

Awards & Rankings

#7 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2002
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. RyanY.
    Oct 23, 2003
    This game really sucks!! im telling you guys that h3o is wwwaaaayyyyy better don't waste your time or money on this game, i did and endedThis game really sucks!! im telling you guys that h3o is wwwaaaayyyyy better don't waste your time or money on this game, i did and ended up strapping m80's to is and blowing it back to hell. Full Review »
  2. Marc
    Sep 21, 2002
    The best surfing game out there.