It seems as if the surf gods both read and enjoy the world's biggest little website.
As you know, I have not been allowed to watch nor see what Kelly Slater, the world’s greatest surfer, has been getting up to under quarantine as he blocked both BeachGrit and me personally on his medium of choice, Instagram.
Sad, lonely days etc. as Kelly Slater content made up a good third of ours.
Well, it seems as if the surf gods both read and enjoy the world’s biggest little website for just yesterday Slater paddled out for what he thought would be an enjoyable session at Avalon there just north of Newport (home to the Brothers Carrol Tom and Nick) when he was smote and greatly publicly shamed.
Since I am not allowed to watch nor see we must turn to Australia’s Channel Nine News for details surrounding his humiliation.
11-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater has had his board snapped in half after becoming tangled up in large swells off Sydney’s Avalon Beach.
With blustery conditions tearing through the city on Friday, swell at Avalon reached 10ft as a handful of surfers braved the weather to test their mettle in the monster conditions.
Widely considered the world’s greatest surfer, Slater was spotted among the pack off Avalon’s south rocks.
However, onlookers were quick to spot the great treading water between sets with his board snapped in two.
One half of the board became swept up in an oncoming wave and taken back to shore where it eventually settled in a rock pool.
The 11-time world surfing champion was mercifully unharmed but he should spend the next few days carefully considering his actions with much earnest humility for who knows what his next punishment may be if he refuses to acknowledge the great error in his ways.
But, real quick, Slater has now been in Australia for three, or so, months. I’d imagine longer than anywhere he’s been concurrently over the past two decades. Does that make him Australian now? Does the Lucky Country have a form of common law marriage with regards to citizenship?
Can he surf for the green and gold in Tokyo 2021?
He is, officially, above both the Brothers Wilson Owen and Julian in the rankings.
Would you have him?