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Billabong Rio Pro readies for May 8 without John John

We wont get to see shots like this of John John Florence © ASP/Dunbar.

Defending Champion John John Florence Withdraws from Billabong Rio Pro

The Billabong Rio Pro, the upcoming third stop on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour, will commence without defending champion John John Florence (HAW), 20, who has officially withdrawn.

The defending event champion was sidelined during the opening stop of the year with an ankle injury sustained on the Gold Coast. Florence was unable to compete at the second stop on tour at Bells Beach and has opted out of the Billabong Rio Pro in hopes of healing 100% before rejoining the elite ranks....

Billabong Rio Pro

ASP World Championship Tour Event
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
8 - 18 May 2013

Live Coverage here

“I am going to take my time and wait for my ankle to heal 100% before competing,” Florence said. “I am looking forward to being healthy and ready for Fiji and the rest of the year.”

The ASP wish John John a continued speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back in the water soon. The ASP Top 34 will next do battle at the Billabong Rio Pro from May 8 – 19, 2013.

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