Slater back in J'Bay draw, Mikey Wright gets another wildcard
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John John Florence and Caio Ibelli have officially withdrawn from the contest due to their injuries.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.