Things aren’t looking up for John John Florence, as the back-to-back World Champ officially withdraws from the Uluwatu CT because of a knee injury.
After getting eliminated in round three of the Corona Bali Protected, John John reportedly went free-surfing in Keramas. And while doing one of his big airs, he buckled and hurt his knee on the landing.
Florence confirmed the incident on his Instagram account saying, “Unfortunately I hurt my knee during a freesurf here in Bali, and I have to pull out of the next event to get back and heal up as quickly as possible. I was trying bottom turns in the yard last night to see if there is any way for me to possibly surf this event, but nothing about it felt right. Haha! I think it’s best I heal 100% before I get back in the water.”
John John has had a less than stellar performance for the majority of the season. He has failed to reach the finals for any event and currently sits at the 21st spot on the rankings – not exactly what you expect from a two-time World Champion. Critics are speculating that he has lost his competitive drive but ex-pro surfer and John John’s current surf coach Ross Williams came to his defense saying the poor results were “never due to lack of effort or will” and that all “surfers go through their dry runs.”
And though getting sidelined will not help convince naysayers, John John continues to be positive and hopes to learn a lot from the entire experience.
“This year has been so much fun regardless of my results,” John John wrote. “Through some of the tough losses I’ve learned more than I have in the past couple years. That’s why I love competing — the chance to learn is always there, win or lose. I love the drive to win you get from a loss. I feel like I’m more driven to win than ever from this year.”
“I’m excited for everything to come. I hope to come out of this injury smarter and more excited than I have ever been.”
We at BlinkSurf wish John John a speedy recovery.
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