Space Coast Sports Hall of Famer Kelly Slater Returns To World Stage After Breaking Foot Last Year

By  //  June 24, 2018

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Slater looks to win 12th World Title

ABOVE VIDEO: Kelly Slater catching some nice barrels ahead of this year’s Corona Open J-Bay.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA (World Surf League) – At last year’s Corona Open J-Bay, Kelly Slater was forced to withdraw from the remainder of the event after breaking his foot during a freesurf.

Now Slater is back.

The severity of his 2017 injury was initially unclear, and it’s since taken the 11x World Champ a year to return to the CT stage.

The incident was an unfortunate setback for Slater who, at the time, had found his form and was planning on making a run for his twelfth World Title.

The severity of his 2017 injury was initially unclear, and it’s since taken the 11x World Champ a year to return to the CT stage. (Steve Sherman/WSL Image)

“It sucks but so many people deal with such horrible things around this world everyday that a broken foot is pretty minor in the scheme of things,” Slater said.

“Sometimes a bad thing is a good thing. I’ll make the best of my time off.”

The Champ has made a number of cameos over the last year, but has been unable to fully commit to the CT. His return to the place it all happened — at the Corona Open J-Bay — will be especially meaningful.

Prior to the injury, Slater was hitting his stride in J-Bay after taking down Kanoa Igarashi and Julian Wilson in Round 1. Slater will be looking to pick up where he left off.

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“My gut feeling has been to use this injury as a platform to overhaul and reset my mind and body,” continued Slater.

The Cocoa Beach native will meet current World No. 3 Italo Ferreira and Kanoa Igarashi in Round 1 once the event kicks off July 2.

John John Florence and Caio Ibelli have officially withdrawn from the Corona Open J-Bay due to their ongoing injuries sustained earlier this season.

Brazilian surfers Miguel Pupo and Wiggolly Dantas will be their replacements. Mikey Wright, who is currently sitting at No. 7 on the Jeep Leaderboard after a series of successful results, will also have a wildcard spot.

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