Haleiwa’s John John Florence announced on Monday evening that he has ruptured his ACL, pulling out of the upcoming Corona Open J-Bay and likely out for the remainder of the season.
Florence, a two-time world champion is currently the World Surf League points leader in 2019, creating a more than 4,000-point lead through the first five events of the year.
On Instagram, Florence said – “This has been a really fun year in competition and outside of the jersey. Unfortunately, in Brazil I ruptured my ACL. I’ll be pulling out of J-Bay and likely the rest of the CT season. I’m opting for surgery so I can be 100% next year. I’m excited for this new adventure and everything I will learn along the way. Thanks for all of the support!”
Florence withdrew from his quarterfinal heat at the Oi Rio Pro recently, after a flip attempt that appears to have re-injured the right knee that forced him to miss much of the 2018 season.
The Corona Open J-Bay is scheduled to get started on July 9.