Kelly Slater is injured again -- this time with a painful case of turf toe, in which ligaments in the big toe hyper-extend and sometimes tear. The injury puts his plans for competing in the Corona Open J-Bay, which runs July 2 to 13, in question.
The 11-time World Champ posted his latest X-Ray on his Instagram Monday, saying, "Strange looking things, feet. I've had 5 foot injuries now since 2003, the latest coming last week with a strained ligament (#TurfToe) on the same foot (R) I injured last year. Not a major injury but puts me in doubt for #JBay. Sometimes the universe directs you to where you need to be."
Slater, who is both the youngest and the oldest man to earn a World Title, has been sidelined for the 2018 season so far, after suffering a severe foot injury last year at J-Bay. He missed five events last year, including J-Bay, from which he withdrew before surfing in Round 3.
This season, he has missed all five events so far, except for the Founders' Cup of Surfing specialty event, at which he both hosted fans at the Surf Ranch for the first time ever, and served as coach for the USA team.