This came after the 11-time World Champion visited doctors in Orange County, Calif., to assess the condition of an injury he sustained a few days prior, while surfing Cloudbreak in Fiji. Slater's doctors estimate he'll be sidelined for approximately 3-to-4 weeks, but they anticipate he will be ready to chase another WCT Crown at the Pipe Masters.
Slater posted shots of the injury to his Instagram feed."The foamball from the lip landing inside the barrel bounced back up and flipped the board into my foot, hyper-extending the toes backwards," Slater wrote on his Instagram feed. "My second toe was sitting kind of across my third one so I knew something was a little off."
"The day before that I went over the falls and broke my fin off with my knee, so I'm actually probably lucky to not have gotten hurt worse," Slater also wrote.
The trip to Fiji came after his disappointing loss at the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal and in advance of the WCT season's final event at Pipe, where Slater has had much success -- he's won the Billabong Pipe Masters more than any surfer in the event's 33-year history. Slater will head to Hawaii as No. 3 in the World Championship Tour Rankings,
Watch Slater and the rest of the Top 34 contest the Billabong Pipe Masters December 8-20, 2014. All the action will be broadcast LIVE daily on the ASP homepage.