Slater in doubt for J'Bay
"Strange looking things, feet. I’ve had 5 foot injuries now since 2003, the latest coming last week with a strained ligament on the same foot I injured last year. Not a major injury but puts me in doubt for J'Bay."
So goes the proactive sick note from the 11-time world champ. Slater has yet to surf a CT heat this year, complications to the foot injury he recieved last year keeping him, not quite out of the water - he surfed the Founders Cup and the recent XXXL swell at Cloudbreak - but off the Championship Tour.
If Slater doesn't surf it'll be his sixth injury withdrawal in a row, which, taken at face value, would surely qualify him for one of next year's injury wildcards.
Meanwhile, Julian Wilson, who ruptured the AC joint in his shoulder three weeks before Snapper - a contest he won despite barely being able to paddle - is now wearing the yellow jersey.