Kelly Slater has broken bones in his foot surfing in Fiji, but hopes to be back to compete in the Pipemasters in December. The injury will make his improbable, come-from-behind task that much more difficult.
Here’s what the 11-time ASP World Champ and second best athlete in the world had to say via Instagram…
“I broke my second and third toes and also sprained three or four toes on left foot surfing Cloudbreak a couple days ago. Three weeks or so of healing in a walking boot and a couple more weeks of some rehab but should be ready to go by the #PipeMasters waiting period.
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 on @tavaruaislandresort!