Slater breaks foot in J-Bay accident

Solenn Plantier
Juillet 18, 2017

I pulled into a barrel this morning and the whitewash bounced the board back into my foot as I hit the closeout, taking all the pressure into the metatarsals.

Slater was free surfing when a powerful whitewash forced his board back against his foot. "You ever folded your entire foot backwards?" he wrote.

He is now ranked 18th on the 2017 leaderboard and had advanced directly to round three of the J-Bay Open after winning his first round heat.

Slater took to Instagram to reveal the extent of the injury and post an x-ray of his shattered foot.

'I'm guessing surgery and six-week holiday is in order. Not looking forward to 30 hour flight home before surgery though.

'It sucks but so many people deal with such disgusting things around this world everyday that a broken foot is pretty minor in the scheme of things'. Sometimes a bad thing is a good thing.

Kelly's mooted third-round opponent, Brazil's Filipe Toledo, has been given a saloon passage through to the next round following the injury.

Slater, who was chasing his 12th world surfing title this year, said he would make the best of his time off from the sport.

Australian surfers Joel Parkinson, Julian Wilson and defending Jeffreys Bay champion Mick Fanning all had strong starts to competition and progressed to the third round.

But it was Filipe Toledo who stole the show on his return from a ban for attempting to storm the judges' tower in Rio, laying down the benchmark with a 9.63 ride followed by a flawless 10 to see off Igarashi in the second round. "It was a scrappy heat but it played out to my advantage".

World No.1 Australian Matt Wilkinson will face Jack Freestone in an all-Australian heat.

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