Kelly Slater has injured his foot again, casting doubts on whether we'll see the champ at J-Bay this year.
You'll recall, the current injury Slates is nursing actually dates back to a year ago when he folded his foot at J-Bay. This latest injury's on the same foot, his right, sustaining a strained ligament.
Strange looking things, feet. I’ve had 5 foot injuries now since 2003, the latest coming last week with a strained ligament (#TurfToe) on the same foot (R) I injured last year. Not a major injury but puts me in doubt for #JBay. Sometimes the universe directs you to where you need to be. Injuries used to really freak me out but they’ve taught me patience and and a sense of calmness somehow. Happy #WorldOceansDay and so long to a friend I never had the chance to meet in @anthonybourdain. I wish that meal had happened in Sydney and sorry you couldn’t shake that feeling. Too many good people have gone down before their time. Reach out and call someone if that’s happening to you.
Now obviously Slater's been free-surfing with his injured peg, notably Fiji – chucking himself into a 15 foot tube and repping at the Founders' Cup. This latest set back is a shame, Kelly being one to watch whenever the circus rolls into South Africa. Here's hoping for a speedy recovery.
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