Jordy Smith has withdrawn from the Hurley Pro at Trestles, Stop No. 8 on the Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour.
This is the third event of the 2015 World Championship Surf Tour that Smith will be missing.
Withdrawing from the Hurley Pro is a significant blow for Jordy as he is the reigning champion.
Previously, Smith was forced to withdraw from the Fiji Pro and Billabong Pro Tahiti in a particularly frustrating year, suffering injuries to both his back and knee.
After using the offseason to rehabilitate a shoulder injury he suffered during the 2014 Pipe Masters, he kicked the year off with solid results at Snapper and Bells.
But his upswing was soon derailed when he hurt his knee in a free surf during the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro.
Still not feeling 100 %, Smith finished 25th at the Oi Rio Pro and withdrew from the event that followed, the Fiji Pro.
He made the most of his time off, rehabbing his knee in time for the JBay Open.
But two days before the contest began, Smith’s back went out.
He ultimately decided to surf his Round 2 heat against Adam Melling (AUS) but was visibly sluggish throughout, and things eventually went Melling’s way.
At No. 23 on the Jeep rankings, Smith now sits one spot below the requalification cutoff.