Earlier today we reported that Kelly Slater had injured himself while surfing at Cloudbreak over the weekend. Slater confirmed via Instagram that he broke his second and third toes and sprained three or four toes on his left foot. According to Slater, the injury will require about three weeks in a walking boot along with rehab, but he claims he’ll be ready to rock when the Billabong Pipeline Masters waiting period kicks off on December 8, 2014.
The foamball from the lip landing inside the barrel bounced back up and flipped the board into my foot, hyper-extending the toes backwards. My second toe was sitting kind of across my third one so I knew something was a little off. The worst thing about it was how good the surf was and having to watch from the sidelines afterwards. At least the boys scored a few before the wind went bad and swell backed off. The day before that I went over the falls and broke my fin off with my knee so I’m actually probably lucky to not have gotten hurt worse. Good time to reflect and cleanse the body after two weeks of bacon and barrels at Tavarua.
We’re guessing this means no Triple Crown title for Mr. Slater in 2014 (he won in 1995 and 1998), but we wish him a speedy recovery. If there’s one thing Kelly seems to enjoy more than anything else, it’s a challenge. Game on, Kelly. Game on.