Kelly Slater breaks foot whilst surfing Jeffreys Bay
Surfing great Kelly Slater says the pain of breaking his foot in two places was akin to giving birth or being smashed with a hammer.
The 11-time world champion will miss six weeks of the tour after being injured while warming-up for the J-Bay Open.
The American said he will require surgery after his board smashed into his foot while surfing Jeffreys Bay.
Slater’s withdrawal from the World Surf League event has given third- round opponent Filipe Toledo of Brazil a saloon passage through to the next round.
Toledo himself threw down the gauntlet to the field in the second round, nailing a wave to score 9.63 which featured a series of cutbacks and a late tube ride in 0.9-1.5m surf.
He put opponent Kanoa Igarashi away with a perfect 10. That included a long tube ride into a couple of big turns and a pose on the wave exit.
Australia’s Julian Wilson was also a second-round winner, defeating compatriot Josh Kerr. Moving into the third round along with Owen Wright.
Wright beat fellow Australian Ethan Ewing and was relieved to get through.
“It feels nice to get going and get that round two out of the way,” Wright said.
“It was a scrappy heat but it played out to my advantage. I felt like it was going to be a slow one so I knew I needed to get going. When you don’t get the best wave of the heat it’s tough to come back.”
The duo join a plethora of Australians in the third round, with defending champion Mick Fanning to take on Brazilian surfer Caio Ibell.
World No 1 Australian Matt Wilkinson will face Jack Freestone in an all-Australian heat.