Sydney, May 29: Surfing legend Kelly Slater has continued to struggle in the early stages of this year's World Surfing League (WSL), finishing last in his first-round heat at the Margaret River Pro in Western Australia on Wednesday.
Slater scored 10.34 to finish behind two-time world champion John John Florence (12.84) and competitor Jadson Andre (11.64). Florence and Andre will progress straight through to round three while Slater will face an elimination round.
The 47-year-old is off to an uneasy start in his pursuit of a 12th world title, also exiting early from the season-opening Quiksilver Pro last month. There has been some scepticism regarding Slater's decision to compete in this year's professional circuit, with many of his competitors less than half his age.
Despite his age rarely holding him back in the past, Slater's poor showing in this year's competition has led many to question whether time is up for surfing's greatest icon.