Tahiti: Slater out again, Wright in again
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.