Slater back in J'Bay draw, Mikey Wright gets another wildcard

Stu Nettle
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With no big swells due to hit marquee breaks over the next fortnight, Kelly Slater has put himself back in the draw at the upcoming J'Bay Open. The decision might also have something to do with his troublesome hoof, which he broke at last year's J'Bay contest. Recent complications - strained ligament, promising swell somewhere - initially put his J'Bay return in doubt.

"My gut feeling has been to use this injury as a platform to overhaul and reset my mind and body," said Slater. He'll meet current World No. 3 Italo Ferreira and Kanoa Igarashi in Round 1 when the event kicks off. 

Also in the draw is Mikey Wright, receiving his fourth wildcard for the year - one from sponsor Quiksilver, three gifts by the WSL. The younger Wright brother has capitalised on his wildcards making the Semi Finals of the last two events. He's now sitting at 7th on the rankings.

John John Florence and Caio Ibelli have officially withdrawn from the contest due to their injuries. Miguel Pupo and Wiggolly Dantas will be their replacements.

The waiting period for the J'Bay Open begins on July 2nd. Keep an eye out for our swell forecast early next week.

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Nick Bone commented Friday, 22 Jun 2018 at 12:25pm

Would early indications predict anything decent for J-Bay? If yes, pretty sure i called this back in the last article about GOATS foot

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garyg1412 commented Friday, 22 Jun 2018 at 12:37pm

[email protected]#ing long waiting period I tell ya.
Surf was shit on June 2nd anyway!!!

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stunet commented Friday, 22 Jun 2018 at 12:41pm

Aaaay...you can't tell me what time it is.

Dates, however.

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daisy duke kaha... commented Friday, 22 Jun 2018 at 1:44pm

Yes, but will the shark boat be there?

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wax-on-danielson commented Friday, 22 Jun 2018 at 2:20pm

I’m calling another Brazilian petition to get it moved to Kuta Reef

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Lanky Dean commented Friday, 22 Jun 2018 at 2:39pm

The boy who cried wolf .......

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honest john commented Friday, 22 Jun 2018 at 9:11pm

Reality set in, the goats hoof long service holiday leave might not be enough to guarantee him a injury wildcard with caiio n now john john in the mix

HJ

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zenagain commented Friday, 22 Jun 2018 at 10:24pm

Good point John, you might be onto something there.

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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Mango Carafino commented Friday, 22 Jun 2018 at 10:36pm

The boy who cried wolf, commits himself with a bottle of pain killers, a fifth of Jim Bean whiskey and a bag of ice at J Bay. KS gives in to online pressure and does the J Bay jangle, next event the foot will not be good enough again. Time to retire old man. New generation(s) never look up to bald headed old men.

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mk1 commented Sunday, 24 Jun 2018 at 9:24pm

Im actually sick of this paternalistic professionalism as surfing has developed into under slaters guiding hand. Perhaps he never liked surfing as a sport for outsiders and always wanted to make it acceptable, to make himself more widely adored.

He needs to move on and some young talents need to tear this shit heap down.

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Billyw commented Monday, 25 Jun 2018 at 9:51am

Quite generous on the wild card for MW ay, he has definitely performed but kind of feel it would be better if the wild cards were shared around a bit more - plenty of free surfers to choose from or top QS guys not on CT - I know he is near the top of the QS but just think would be cool for variety to choose someone else. Nothing against his surfing, just 2c

B Dub

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rj-davey commented Tuesday, 26 Jun 2018 at 5:50pm

Agree. Mikey will likely qualify without it so may as well blood another young fella battling away on the QS

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nick_french commented Monday, 25 Jun 2018 at 10:08pm

Wams look very interesting for when the contest starts hopfully can deliver

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goofyfoot commented Tuesday, 26 Jun 2018 at 6:34am

The WSL reaalllly want Mikey on tour don’t they.

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truebluebasher commented Tuesday, 26 Jun 2018 at 11:30am

Pays to be a sick surfer.
Kelly milks the WSL 2017 rank compo deal' & he's back in the driver seat. (Closet Aussie?)
Champ never gets wet and he's ahead of a dozen WSL 2018 competitors
Five of those being slack arse WSL Aussies..(Do your Nation proud & take a sickie!)

Similar in Womens WSL Courtney Conologue scored 4 sickies + one 13th place in 2018

Sits above NZ WSL Pro Surfer Paige Hareb... with 5 hard earned 13th placed 2018 events.
Nine WSL surfers( 4 Aussies) rank below & all equal or better... the injured Pro's results.

Not a leg to stand on but still climbing up the WSL ladder...(Sick Joke?)
Get Well soon WSL-Surfers!

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