SPORT Kelly Slater shares x-ray of broken foot 19 Jul 2017 7:03am 2 minutes to read × X-ray of Kelly Slater's broken right foot
18 Julio, 2017, 06:10
Champion US surfer Kelly Slater has been forced to withdraw from the World Surf League event at Jeffreys Bay after sustaining a gruesome injury while free-surfing prior to his second-round heat. 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. If you try it sometime, this is what it might look like.
The World Surf League event has seen stellar performances from Australian surfers Joel Parkinson, Julian Wilson and defending champion Mick Fanning, while Filipe Toledo from Brazil stole the show with a ten-point tube ride against United States surfer Kanoe Igarashi. "Sorta feels like I'm giving birth out of my foot right now!" said Slater, who posted the x-ray on his Instagram feed, showing the shattered bones. Not looking forward to 30 hour flight home before surgery though, ' he said.
The six-week recovery process means Slater also will not be able to compete in an upcoming worldwide contest in Tahiti.
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