ASP Top 34 surfer, Jeremy Flores, has been suspended from competition until August 27, 2014, resulting from an incident which occurred following his Round 2 heat at the JBay Open in South Africa on July 12, 2014.
Flores was unhappy with the way the judges had scored his heat and he stormed into the tower and confronted them in an aggressive manner.
This resulted in the Rules and Disciplinary Committee fining the surfer US$6,000 and suspending him from ASP competitions until August 27, 2014. As a result, Flores is ineligible to compete in both theVans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach (an ASP Prime QS event) and the Billabong Pro Tahiti (an ASP WCT event).
Flores has apologized, both in writing and in person, to the ASP officials involved and will be eligible to return to competition at the completion of his suspension and in time for the Hurley Pro at Trestles from September 9 – 20, 2014.
Flores has told ASP officials that he accepts full responsibility for his actions and that he will not be contesting the suspension or fine.
The JBay Open will conclude this weekend as huge waves are rifling down the point at Supertubes. The event forms part of the JBay Winterfest, which ends tomorrow with the Flamingo Trail Run.
More information can be found at www.jbaywinterfest.com