The prize is a quarterfinal matchup with the winner of Brazil vs. Chile.
He lost the French Open final to Nadal and a quarterfinal match at Wimbledon.
On Wednesday afternoon Fijian time, Slater was poised to surf against Hawaiian Sebastian Zietz in a quarterfinal heat.
Kelly Slater scored a 20 out of 20 possible points in a quarterfinal heat for the Volcom Fiji Pro.
Even so, coddled by a generous draw, a quarterfinal place seemed an achievable goal.
After the final whistle, the Ghanaian players danced on the field, celebrating their quarterfinal date with Uruguay.
And for the first time in his career, as he limped in and out of the French Open quarterfinal, he looked his age.