Kelly Slater ended his run for a JBay win when his board hit him in the foot
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 17 July, 2017 - This morning while freesurfing at JBay Kelly Slater broke his foot after pulling into a closeout barrel. The 11-time world champ was wincing in pain as onlookers helped him up the beach. It wasn't until later via social media that the world got a closer look at what had happened to Kelly.
"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," Kelly said via Instagram. "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!
Slater, on his way to Round 3 after downing Igarashi and Wilson in Round 1 of the JBay Open, will not finish the event. At this time it's not known how long his recovery process will be or how much of the year he will miss.
"I'm guessing surgery and 6 week holiday is in order," said Slater. "Not looking forward to 30 hour flight home before surgery though. Ouch!"
Despite the devastating to blow to this year's title run and one of his favorite tour events (Tahiti) Kelly kept the whole ordeal in perspective.
"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."