The current World No. 1 may not return to competition in 2019
Two-time World Champ John John Florence will not surf in this month’s J-Bay Open, and the current Jeep Leaderboard frontrunner’s 2019 campaign is likely over, leaving fans scrambling to fill voids in their Fantasy Surfer teams and leaving the World Title race wide open.
“I’ll be pulling out of J-Bay and likely the rest of the CT season,” Florence wrote on Instagram early Tuesday morning, saying he’s opting for surgery on the knee injury he suffered in Brazil. “I’m opting for surgery so I can be 100% next year.”
Last week, Florence bowed out of his quarterfinal heat at the Oi Rio Pro after aggravating a knee issue he battled during his 2018 campaign. It’s gotta be a tough blow for Florence, who spent half of last season sidelined due to injury already.
Kolohe Andino, Filipe Toledo and Jordy Smith will be the next in line on the Jeep Leaderboard. Each currently sit within a few hundred points of donning the yellow jersey.