John John Florence is Out of the 2018 CT

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We won’t be seeing John John Florence for the remainder of the season as the 25-year-old back-to-back World Champion officially withdraws from the 2018 CT.

John John Florence is out of the 2018 CT | Image source: surfersvillage.com

If you recall, Florence was a no-show at the Margies Pro make-up event at Uluwatu after injuring his knee while doing some big airs in Bali. And though the Champ confirmed that he’s taking some time off to recover, he’s yet to reveal the prognosis of his injury. Until now.

In another Instagram post, Florence revealed that he suffered a “high-grade partial tear” to his right ACL and is unsure how long his recovery will take. He is, however, excited for the opportunity to spend more time with his family and friends while healing up.

I really wanted to thank everyone who has helped me with my injury or who has sent over positive messages the last few weeks. I’m feeling grateful to have so many good people in my life. I’ve been focused on recovering as quickly as possible and on exploring some new interests so I haven’t had time to share too much. The diagnosis of my knee is a high grade partial tear to my right ACL. It’s a bummer not to be able to surf but I’m excited for the opportunity to get into some new types of adventures with friends and family while I’m recovering. In terms of competing again I am not sure if it will be 60 days or 120 days, or less or more. When I return I want to know that I can go as fast and as big as I want to without any thought of my knee. That will be my test before I put a jersey back on.

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Florence was not exactly having a spectacular year before his injury. He’s yet to make a Final’s appearance on any of the events he competed in and critics are saying he has lost the drive to win. Obviously, his less than stellar performance doesn’t mean he’s not a threat to CT frontrunner. Unfortunately with an ACL injury, proving his critics wrong will have to wait.

“I really wanted to thank everyone who has helped me with my injury or who has sent over positive messages the last few weeks,” he shared. “I’m feeling grateful to have so many good people in my life. I’ve been focused on recovering as quickly as possible and on exploring some new interests so I haven’t had time to share too much.”

“When I return I want to know that I can go as fast and as big as I want to without any thought of my knee. That will be my test before I put a jersey back on.”

Here’s to hoping for a speedy recovery for John John.

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