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Kelly Slater was forced to call his run at Jeffreys Bay short Monday after suffering a devastating broken foot.
The 11-time World Surf League champion sustained the injury while freesurfing Monday morning and made his way to shore, where he was assisted by medical staff members.
Later in the day, Slater posted on Instagram showing off the impressive break and announcing his official withdrawal from the competition. Slater described the injury as “kinda like smashing my foot with a big hammer as hard as I can.” He added: “Sorta feels like I’m giving birth out of my foot right now!”
Slater also pinned himself for surgery and six weeks of rest before he could return back to competition, and he added that he had a 30-hour flight home to take before surgery.
You ever folded your entire foot backwards? If you try it sometime, this is what it might look like. 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. Kinda like smashing my foot with a big hammer as hard as I can. Sorta feels like I'm giving birth out of my foot right now! I'm guessing surgery and 6 week holiday is in order. Not looking forward to 30 hour flight home before surgery though. Ouch! It sucks but so many people deal with such horrible 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. I'll make the best of my time off. #ThatsGonnaLeaveAMark #INeedElephantTranquilizers
The injury was especially disappointing because Slater had gotten off to a great start at the Corona Open J-Bay, having already beaten his early competition and jumped straight to the third round while other surfers were still toiling away in the second.
You can watch highlights of his run at J-Bay before he got injured below.