Hint: busted foot, owns a pool, first name Robert…
Last night, shortly after officially withdrawing from the Corona Bali Protected at Keramas, Kelly Slater boarded a flight to Fiji to collide with waves Surfline says “will rival, and potentially surpass, some of the most memorable swells for Fiji.”
Do you remember six years ago at the Volcom Pro when the tour turned sissy, locked her thigh gates and cancelled the Fiji event?
Bigger than that maybe.
Right about now, some readers will be finger stroking their foreheads.
Kelly can’t surf Keramas, can surf riotous Cloudbreak?
Does anyone remember the magic of Kelly Slater, Tahiti, 2003, when he stole the world title lead from Andy Irons by winning Teahupoo with a busted foot?
Ain’t that hard to take off and pull in with a busted boot, Kelly said at the time.
Forcing your heels through the board on frontside hacks and all the pushing and yanking of airs is a little harder.
And, therefore, with Cymatic packed (editor’s note: The writer Longtom is currently testing the new model at Lennox Head and beyond, report next week) and a stash of rhino chasers at Tavarua, Kelly Slater will wake up to a warrior Sunday morning and take his ruined body off to do battle.
Here, Kelly commentates John John during the 2012 swell.
More as it comes, I suppose.