Kelly Slater will miss six weeks of the tour after breaking his foot in two places while warming-up for the J-Bay Open on Monday.
Slater said it felt like his foot was giving birth or he had smashed it with a hammer after suffering the injury at the Corona Open.
Slater was free surfing when a powerful whitewash forced his board back against his foot and broke it in multiple places, forcing him out of the competition.
The 11-time world champion posted a picture of the break on his Instagram account and described the pain he had felt immediately afterwards.
‘You ever folded your entire foot backwards? If you try it sometime, this is what it might look like,’ Slater wrote.
‘I pulled into a barrel this morning and the whitewash as it closed out bounced the board back into my foot, taking all the pressure into the metatarsals, 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!
‘I’m guessing surgery and six-week holiday is in order. Not looking forward to 30-hour flight home before surgery, though. Ouch!
‘Sometimes a bad thing is a good thing. I’ll make the best of my time off.’
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