Tahiti: Slater out again, Wright in again

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

OK, let's cut and paste this story from the last competition, and the one before that, and the one before that. You know the one...

The WSL has announced that Kelly Slater has pulled out of the Tahiti Pro and will be replaced by Mikey Wright.

Wright, who's been gifted five wildcards from six events, has captilised on his good fortune placing no lower than Round 4 and making the Semi-Finals twice. He sits in ninth place going into this event.

Not since Tom Curren in 1991 has a surfer outside the top tier made such an impression on the tour. Curren, however, was forced to surf through the trials events to secure his entry into the main events.

In this year's Teahupoo Trials, Mateia Hiquily and Tikanui Smith came first and second and will surf in the main event. Third place went to Bruno Santos, a previous Trials and main event winner.

Kelly Slater now has a month to get his foot better before his pet event, The Surf Ranch Pro.

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goofyfoot commented Thursday, 9 Aug 2018 at 11:25am

And the M Wright signature “up yours”

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Eugene Green commented Thursday, 9 Aug 2018 at 3:33pm

“Buy my sponsors’ products! Also, get fucked!!”

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velocityjohnno commented Thursday, 9 Aug 2018 at 3:51pm
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stunet commented Thursday, 9 Aug 2018 at 11:29am

Just counting how many Weet Bix he's eaten:

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Nick Bone commented Thursday, 9 Aug 2018 at 3:21pm

Wtf

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barbielunchboxer commented Thursday, 9 Aug 2018 at 9:15pm

dbone, thought i might find you here

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Nick Bone commented Friday, 10 Aug 2018 at 8:56am

Sanggggggy

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freeride76 commented Thursday, 9 Aug 2018 at 11:32am

Any where I can place a bet that Smelly Skaters foot will "come good" for Lemoore?

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ringmaster commented Thursday, 9 Aug 2018 at 11:40am

Slater's obviously seen the forecast and thought 'fuck that'.

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freeride76 commented Thursday, 9 Aug 2018 at 11:44am

thats what I reckon too.

he's taking the absolute piss out of pro surfing.

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stunet commented Thursday, 9 Aug 2018 at 11:46am

The magic waters of Lemoore have healing properties beyond the reach of science or cynicism.

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lost commented Thursday, 9 Aug 2018 at 12:01pm

Too funny !

knB

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velocityjohnno commented Thursday, 9 Aug 2018 at 3:49pm

lol!

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freeride76 commented Thursday, 9 Aug 2018 at 11:50am

hahahah

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groundswell commented Thursday, 9 Aug 2018 at 12:02pm

Mikey ,Owen and family stayed next door to me in Kalbarri a few months ago, top blokes, got a few signatures, photos and another mate here score one of Mikeys boards for free . wish we had have hung out more but they were surfing all the time or going to see the sights.
Feel privileged they were right next door, Mikeys a top bloke we had to ask him to stick his finger up in a photo.
we followed them to the surf s few times and got some footage if you're keen on seeing the footage let me know.

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helmet-not-hose commented Thursday, 9 Aug 2018 at 2:54pm

Autographs...fucking really? Do people still do that??

What a strange ritual it is. Oh yeah, we're all equals here, mate, no-one's better than anyone else......but can I get your autograph on this napkin please?

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groundswell commented Saturday, 11 Aug 2018 at 3:45am

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Eugene Green commented Thursday, 9 Aug 2018 at 3:27pm

Would like to see the footage I spose but the wise thing to do would be to just keep it to yourself. Maybe show a couple of mates, save It to look back on when you’re an old bugger, show the grandkids.

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lost commented Thursday, 9 Aug 2018 at 12:07pm

What gets me is he is still talking about the 2019 tour as if it is some sort of birth right, like he can take as much time off as he wants, surf when it suits him (Fiji, Lemoore) and then rock up next year and take the piss again. So over Slater. GOAT or not just seems more like a complete tosser struggling with the fact the world can move on without him.

knB

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JosephStalin commented Thursday, 9 Aug 2018 at 2:44pm

The bowlcut fade to deep mullet with strictly Amish beard is very tough zero fucks given, good man

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Lanky Dean commented Thursday, 9 Aug 2018 at 3:31pm

Personally, i would rather see the wild card go to Noa Deane
Or the top ranked female on the women's tour Steph Gilmore.

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thatguy commented Thursday, 9 Aug 2018 at 6:21pm

Check out Mikeys Insta. Brazzos giving him shit, very amusing.

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Rojosh commented Thursday, 9 Aug 2018 at 8:09pm

No change on the wozzel fantasy league page yet ... must be getting the ok from Zuckerberg

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cswells commented Friday, 10 Aug 2018 at 9:32am

Maybe Slater's just hanging in until Perrow resigns as commissioner so he can keep 'one foot in the door' with the WSL (pun intended).

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rusty-moran commented Friday, 10 Aug 2018 at 8:21pm

I crashed down on the cross bar and the pain was enough to make a shy bald Buddhist reflect and plan a mass murder.

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H2O commented Saturday, 11 Aug 2018 at 6:29pm

Autographs...fucking really? Do people still do that??""

Old people do -
Andy irons and Parko were at lakey peak for a swell some years back . I was there with my oldest boy. Got a pizza box lid signed by them (happy as Larry), with a message to younger kids. Eldest didn't talk to me for 2 days.

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