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Kelly Slater injures his foot while surfing Jeffreys Bay

Monday morning, 11-time world champ Kelly Slater severely injured his right foot while freesurfing the “Boneyards” section at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa, according to the World Surf League (WSL).

The WSL reports that, after making his way to shore, Slater was assisted off the beach and taken to the hospital, where he underwent X-rays.

You ever folded your entire foot backwards? If you try it sometime, this is what it might look like. I pulled into a barrel this morning and the whitewash bounced the board back into my foot as I hit the closeout, 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 6 week holiday is in order. Not looking forward to 30 hour flight home before surgery though. Ouch! 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. Sometimes a bad thing is a good thing. I'll make the best of my time off. #ThatsGonnaLeaveAMark #INeedElephantTranquilizers

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Although it is still unclear how long Slater will be out of the water, it’s looking certain that he will be out of the running in the J-Bay Open, and likely out of the next event on the Championship Tour, the Billabong Pro Tahiti next month.

“I’m guessing surgery and 6 week holiday is in order,” Slater wrote in an Instagram post Monday morning. “Not looking forward to 30 hour flight home before surgery though. Ouch!”

Currently ranked number 18 on the Jeep Leaderboard, Slater would have needed some very solid results in the coming events to maintain contention for a world title this year. And he was off to good start at J-Bay: After winning his Round 1 heat in the J-Bay Open, Slater was projected straight into Round 3.

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