The King is back!
The 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater announced that he’ll be joining the rest of the CT surfers in Jeffrey’s Bay this July. Just last month, Kelly posted a photo of his foot and shared that he had another minor injury making him doubt his chances of putting the jersey back on in time for J-Bay. Talk about a dramatic comeback.
Coincidentally, it was also in Jeffrey’s Bay last year that the King broke his foot causing him to drop out of the competition and to miss half of the 2018 CT. If you recall, Kelly was free surfing in J-Bay prior to his second-round heat when a wave clamped down on him, pushing his board towards his foot and breaking two of his metatarsal bones in half. Doctors said he’d be out of commission for four to six months.
The broken foot definitely put a damper on his run for a 12th World Title, but it didn’t exactly sideline him. Kelly kept busy by building his wave pool empire, tube riding at Pipeline a couple of months after his injury, receiving the prestigious Arnie award, and hosting this year’s Founders’ Cup.
And while talks about his retirement have been going around, one can only hope that the King continues surfing. So will Kelly be well enough to be able to snag a win in South Africa? We won’t be waiting long to find out as the Corona Open J-Bay is set to begin on July 2.
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