Injured Kelly Slater Out Of J Bay

“Not one of the better days in recent memory,” Slater wrote via Instagram. “It's hard to believe I could do this just yesterday. I can't even touch my foot right now. I'll find out next week but prognosis is now looking like 4-6 months recovery.”

Immediately after the injury, it was clear that Slater would pull out of the J-Bay event. (A plastic boot attached to the foot isn’t conducive to long J-Bay leg-burners). And the following event, the Billabong Pro Tahiti, remained in question. But the new diagnosis sets Slater’s return back even further. At best (four months): just in time for the Pipe Masters. At worst (six months): through the new year.

That’s tough news for someone gunning for “one more” world title in 2017. After John John Florence won his inaugural crown last year in Portugal, Slater said:

“I think I'm going to take one more stab at a title next year and really try to put a year together. I'm pretty inspired by what panned out this year in the back half. So I'm going to take these next four months, get my body together, and get my motivation and my boards and everything right and see if I can really put together a focused year.”

Approaching the halfway mark on the 2017 season, Slater sits at 18th on the WSL rankings. And a sidelining injury won’t help his cause. Perhaps a rain check on that 12th world title?


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