Cape Town - Champion surfer Kelly Slater has
been forced out of competition at Jeffreys Bay after
suffering a freak accident resulting in a gruesome foot injury.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald website, the
11-time World Surf League champion broke multiple bones in his right
foot while competing in the Corona Open J-Bay.
Slater was free surfing at Boneyards when he pulled out of a barrel and was struck by his board.
Slater reported feeling the bones "pop" and had to drag himself out of the water before being assisted by medical staff on the beach.
The 45-year-old American surfing superstar posted a photo of the break on his
Instagram account, accompanied by the hashtag,
Slater also pinned himself for surgery and six weeks of rest
before he could return back to competition, adding he
had a 30-hour flight home to take before surgery.
The recovery process has ruled Slater out of contention at Jeffrey’s Bay and the next stop of the tour, the Billabong Pro Tahiti.