One of the crowd favourites at the Corona Open JBay will be back in the water after breaking his foot while free surfing in Jeffreys Bay last year.
At the time, the severity of the injury was unclear, and it’s since taken the 11x World Champ a year to recover and return to the WSL Championship Tour (CT).
The injury was an unfortunate setback for Slater who, at the time, was planning on making a run for his twelfth World Title.
“It sucks but so many people deal with such horrible things around this world everyday that a broken foot is pretty minor in the scheme of things,” Slater said. “Sometimes a bad thing is a good thing. I’ll make the best of my time off.”
The good news? He’s back.The Champ has made a number of cameos over the last year, but has been unable to fully commit to the CT.
His return to the place it all happened — at the Corona Open JBay — will be especially meaningful.
“My gut feeling has been to use this injury as a platform to overhaul and reset my mind and body,” continued Slater.
The Corona Open JBay forms part of the annual JBay Winterfest – a multi sports event that takes place from 2 – 16 July 2018.