March 27, 2024

Surfing’s 11-time world champion Kelly Slater won his first heat of the 2024 tour on Tuesday as the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach got underway in Australia, but the 52-year-old acknowledged his remarkable career was nearing an end.


Slater went into the Bells event ranked a lowly 33rd in the world having struggled in the first two contests in Hawaii and missing the most recent competition in Portugal while battling to recover from hip surgery.


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