Photo: Slater at J-Bay Open, courtesy aspworldtour.com
The Vans US Open of Surfing kicked off this week in Huntington Beach, CA. Although it is part of the QS (Qualification Series) and won't affect any standings on the World Championship Tour, many WCT surfers still compete in the event. Unfortunately Kelly Slater announced today that he will not be competing due to a prior shoulder injury. Hopefully he will be rested up and healthy for the next WCT event on August 15th at the Billabong Pro Tahiti.

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