After suffering from a broken foot during Pro Surfing's acclaimed event at Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa (J-Bay 2017) Kelly Slater will attempt return to his rightful home in the water at surfing's acclaimed Pro Tour or World Surfing League. Since last years event at J-Bay knocked Slater out of contention for championship #12, its only fitting that he regather perspective for this rematch with a familiar peculiarity (J-Bay waves) while facing a new type of challenge; uncertainty. "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." We have been accustomed to watching Kelly shred thru competition and rise to the occasion time after time in a way only Kelly can display.
For this long time fan and supporter the wait is finally here. What is left of Kelly Slater the 46 year old competition legend and mentor to thousands? Can he put all the pieces back on display July 2nd at J-Bay. "My gut feeling has been to use this injury as a platform to overhaul and reset my mind and body," continued Slater. For all the comebacks, late wave setups, and being the overall master sorcerer of the water, decades of ocean tranquility could await his finest wave and greatest performance yet.
Hopefully the youth of the world will catch up to Kelly one more time only to bow down against his greatness. The best surfers on this planet will congregate at the premier wave that only J-Bay can generate. If all goes to plan, Kelly can ride away on a high note having squared off with the worlds elite in such a fury that the next worthy prodigy may one day rise. Nobody has dominated a pro sport like Slater. Can it happen again..