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Kelly Slater Withdraws From US Open

The 11x World Champ cites shoulder injury

| posted on July 28, 2014
Kelly Slater in Micronesia earlier this year. Photo: Todd Glaser

Kelly Slater in Micronesia earlier this year. Photo: Todd Glaser

Kelly Slater (USA) has withdrawn from the Vans US Open of Surfing due to a recurring shoulder injury. The 11-time ASP World Champion was scheduled to compete in the Men’s Qualification Series (QS) contest, which kicked off today in Huntington Beach, CA.

The annual, Prime-rated Men’s contest in HB typically attracts some of the world’s best surfers. In addition to Slater, Jordy Smith (ZAF), Julian Wilson (AUS) and Sebastian Zietz (HAW) are also slated to compete.

Slater, who is currently ranked World No. 6 on the elite ASP World Champion Tour (WCT), last competed at the J-Bay Open in South Africa. He was eliminated in Round 3, in a heat against Matt Wilkinson (AUS).

The US Open runs through Sunday, August 3. In addition to the QS contest, the event features Women’s CT and Juniors contests, among other happenings throughout the week. The women’s heats start Tuesday, July 29, and will stream live on aspworldtour.com. Until then, peruse photos of some of the Open’s stars and get tips on your Fantasy Roster with the ASP run-down.

  • The Most Definitely

    Maybe cause of that 180 he ripped while skurfing yesterday

  • ZEUS

    have you seen the waves today? can you blame him?

  • wade

    Acupuncture would make his shoulder 20 years younger. Someone tell him.

    • VENICE

      Come on ;( you don’t think Kelly knows or doesn’t know what’s GOOD FOR HIM

  • KevinB

    Shoulder looked fine holding that tow rope.

  • http://www.WorstSharkAttackEver.com Surf Lady

    Well dang it now I have to find something else to do this weekend.

  • Jim

    If you look at the Fiji forecast I bet I know where he’s going!

  • sep

    i can only imagine the jetlag these guys must have sometimes traveling like that.