Slater was all smiles after his Round One win at Pipeline on Monday. It was his first time competing since July, when he broke his foot.
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Career appearances: Kelly Slater has 26; Joel Parkinson, the next best, has 16.
Pipe Masters Wins Kelly Slater has 7; the late Andy Irons, the next best, won 4.
Finals appearances: Kelly Slater has 12; Joel Parkinson and Andy Irons, the next best, have 4.
Heats surfed: Kelly Slater has 122; Joel Parkinson, the next best, has 53.
Heat wins: Kelly Slater has 85; Joel Parkinson, the next best, has 28.
Heat win percentage: Kelly Slater’s is 69 percent; John John Florence, the next best, is 68%.
Excellent scoring heats: Kelly Slater has 33; John John Florence, the next best, has 16.
Monday was Slater’s first time competing since breaking the metatarsals in his foot back in July. Surfing on a foot he claims is about 65 percent healed, he won his Round One heat. “After so many years of nonstop day in, day out, week in and and week out, it’s been kind of nice to have a few months off,” Slater said afterward. “But…it’s nice to get away from something that you love and get back and appreciate it.” WSL
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