Slater breaks foot in J-Bay accident
A FOOT broken in two places has forced Kelly Slater out of the J-Bay Open in South Africa and to miss six weeks of the world surfing tour.
The 11-time world champion said the pain of breaking his foot was akin to giving birth or being smashed with a hammer.
The American will require surgery after his board smashed into his foot while surfing Jeffreys Bay.
"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!" said Slater, who posted the x-ray on his Instagram feed, showing the shattered bones.
Slater's withdrawal from the World Surf League event gave third-round opponent Filipe Toledo of Brazil unopposed passage to the next round.
In the second round Toledo scored 9.63 on a ride that featured a series of cutbacks 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 beat compatriot Josh Kerr and moving into the third round along with Owen Wright.
World No.1 Australian Matt Wilkinson will face Jack Freestone in an all-Australian heat.