Was really looking forward to more of this today but going twice as fast. It just wasn't to be. That's alright. It will keep the fire burning to recreate the lines i missed my chance at. Thank you #JBay for all the great friends and memories. And a giant 🙏🏽 to everyone sending me well wishes. The challenge will be healing with awareness, patience and good health. Hopefully ill have some tips to share from my process for any future mishaps you might have. And a huge thanks to all my friends and acquaintances who assisted me yesterday. Not one of the better days in recent memory. 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. 😬💉🔪 #MyFootIsFooked Photos: @pierretostee
Yep, the above pretty much says it all. That foot injury that Kelly sustained freesurfing at J-Bay in between contest heats that was supposed to keep him out the next couple of events is worse than first thought. “I’ll find out next week but the prognosis is now looking like 4-6 months recovery,” he said.
Here’s hoping that recovery is a speedy one but who knows, really? Slater even admitted as much. While The King didn’t immediately return an interview request, he did sit for one with the WSL’s Rosy Hodge during the event. “You sort of look at doctors when they’re looking at your X-rays and you hope he’s objective and the guy just went ‘what’d you do to yourself,'” he said. His doctor at home gave him a six-week prognosis before further examination of x-rays led him to the “5-6-month” estimate.
Slater tried to show a good attitude during the interview, but mostly looked to call the event’s action in the quarterfinal matchup between Gabriel Medina and Mick Fanning, in what almost seemed like an attempt to get his mind off the injury and stop having to talk about it. Slater of course broke the foot when he got tangled up with his board after pulling into a closeout barrel. His injury was disheartening for surf fans who hoped to watch the iconic regular-footer continue his hot Round 1 start at the iconic right-hand point break. There’s no guarantees they’ll get to witness this phenomenon unique to surfing again as the 45-year-old Slater has yet to discuss his future since the injury.