By now, news that Kelly Slater is dropping out of an event should not come as a surprise. But news it is—according to the World Surf League, Kelly Slater has officially backed out of the Margaret River Pro.
So far this season, Slater hasn’t been able to compete in an event. He no-showed at Snapper, leaving it until his heat was in the water to announce he wasn’t able to surf. Then, a few days prior to the Bells event, he withdrew from that event, too. It all stems from that nagging foot injury sustained at J-Bay. Despite that fact that he’s been spotted surfing on several occasions and surfed his first contest heat at Pipeline in December of 2017 (video below), he’s opted to wait until his foot is fully healed before competing again this year.