It was an average day in the water for 11-time world champion surfer, Kelly Slater. Last Monday he was free surfing at Jeffrey’s Bay in South Africa in-between contest heats, when he spotted a nice wave and pulled into a barrel like he has done time after time again. But this time, just as he was hitting the closeout, the whitewash slammed his board back into his foot.
Slater was immediately pulled out of the water and hobbled onto shore only putting weight on his left foot. Shortly after the accident, he shared a photo on Instagram showing that two metatarsal bones in his right foot were completely shattered.
In the post, the surfer described the pain as “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!”
Slater will most likely not surf in another World Surf League event this year. He originally gave notice that he would be out for six weeks, but later examination shows that the foot injury was much worst than he expected.
Slater disclosed in a WSL webcast on Wednesday that the “on tour” surgeon, Dr. Warren Kramer, told him that the injury might actually keep him out for six to eight months.
Although Kelly is in a lot of pain, the surfer said in a webcast that what is hurting him most is missing all the action in the water. “I’m more in pain about these waves than I am in with my foot.”