John John Florence has withdrawn from the JBay Open due an ongoing ankle injury he suffered while on a surf trip. This marks the second consecutive event Florence will have missed because of his injury.
“John tried to recover up to the last possible day to fly to JBay,” said WSL Deputy Commissioner, Renato Hickel. “But as his foot still pretty sore he decided to miss the event and be ready for Tahiti.”
Brazilian surfer Tomas Hermes has been selected as the injury replacement for Florence.
Florence joins French surfer Jeremy Flores, who had already withdrawn from the JBay Open due to a head injury he suffered while on a surf trip in Indonesia.
Currently ranked No. 10 on the Jeep Leaderboard, Flores originally hoped to compete in South Africa, but a followup visit with his doctor has delayed his return to competition.
“I just did a MRI and the doctors are saying I won’t be able to surf in the JBay event,” said Flores. “I have two fractures in my face and a contusion in my brain.”
As the 2015 Injury Replacement Alejo Muniz (BRA) will once again surf in a Championship Tour event, his fourth of the season.