11x ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) suffered an injury to his left foot after surfing Cloudreak in Fiji, with the Billabong Pipe Masters 2014 waiting period just about a month away. Slater posted the following information on his Instagram account:
“#FootPrognosis… 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! Thanks for all the messages from friends and strangers the last couple of days. #ExcusesExcuses “
Currently ranked 3rd in the world, Slater will need to bring his top performance to the final event of the year in order take home his 12th ASP WCT title. The Billabong Pipe Masters event waiting period begins December 8-20.