Kelly Slater withdraws from Bells
Overnight, Kelly Slater withdrew from the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach due to ongoing complications with his foot injury.
Three weeks before the beginning of the Quiksilver Pro Slater had pins removed in the foot he broke at J'Bay last year. Surgery to remove those pins is what's now hindering recovery.
Slater's Hail Mary air to score a Perfct 10 at the 2012 Rip Curl Pro
Michael February will again replace Slater meaning the young South African will get an opportunity to surf each CT event this season. February is already lined up to replace Mick Fanning when Fanning retires after this contest.
If, before the season began, Slater thought a run at a 12th world title was feasible then that's almost certainly been iced. And with two comps already missed a 2019 injury wildcard must've crossd his mind.
The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach starts next Wednesday 28th March.