It’s not often that Kelly Slater crashes but when he does– he breaks two of his toes in half.
That’s what happened this morning while Slater was ‘freesurfing’ at ‘Boneyards’ in preparation for the prestigious Corona J-Bay Open taking place this week.
“Well… That’s, that’s J-Bay… Tahiti… Out for the year.” – Kelly Slater
In a video posted to Instagram by the World Surf League, Slater is seen in visible pain while going on to say that he won’t be able to compete at the J-Bay event in addition to the Billabong Pro Tahiti set to take place later in August. Slater had previously hinted that this may be his final year on tour. He is currently ranked 18th on the Jeep WSL leaderboard.
*Get well soon Kelly!
You ever folded your entire foot backwards? If you try it sometime, this is what it might look like. I pulled into a barrel this morning and the whitewash bounced the board back into my foot as I hit the closeout, taking all the pressure into the metatarsals. Kinda like smashing my foot with a big hammer as hard as I can. Sorta feels like I'm giving birth out of my foot right now! I'm guessing surgery and 6 week holiday is in order. Not looking forward to 30 hour flight home before surgery though. Ouch! It sucks but so many people deal with such horrible things around this world everyday that a broken foot is pretty minor in the scheme of things. Sometimes a bad thing is a good thing. I'll make the best of my time off. #ThatsGonnaLeaveAMark #INeedElephantTranquilizers
Find the entire WSL post here: Kelly Slater Injured During J-Bay Freesurf