The ASP’s 2012 Rookie of the Year had big hopes for the 2013 season. After becoming the first ASP rookie in men’s history to make a world title run last season, it didn’t seem too much of a stretch to believe John John Florence would be in the hunt this year. But in March, a bad landing at the Quiksilver Pro changed all that. Suddenly, the question was whether or not Florence would even be able to surf this year. Fortunately, according to Florence this week, the ankle is not only healed, but it’s feeling “a lot stronger than before the injury.” That should make things interesting at the Volcom Fiji Pro, where he’ll be returning to competition.
Tiago Pires, the only Portuguese surfer on the ASP World Championship Tour, is out of the Volcom Fiji Pro 2013, due to injury.
In April, Pires suffered a dry-docking injury to his knee which got him out of the Billabong Rio Pro 2013. Doctors predicted four-to-six weeks with these type of injuries, but the Portuguese star is still not 100% fit.
"Unfortunately I won't be able to surf in Fiji. My doctor gave me a 6-8 week rehab period and I'm just a little over 5 weeks now. I tried my best to be ready for this event but after surfing today, I understood that I'm not capable of", explains Tiago Pires.
"I'm going to keep working hard on my rehab to come back stronger and fitter then ever. Thanks a lot for all your kind words". Tiago Pires is keeping a 25th and a 13th finish for the first two surfing stages, held in Kirra and Bells Beach.
Fredrick Patacchia, Owen Wright and Miguel Pupo have also suffered injuries during the first stages of the 2013 elite season. John John Florence is back in the water, after two and half months recovering from the ankle problem.
2013 VOLCOM FIJI PRO
UPCOMING ROUND 1 HEAT DRAW
Heat 1: Jordy Smith, Sebastian Zietz, Fred Patacchia
Heat 2: Taj Burrow, Travis Logie, Yadin Nicol
Heat 3: Joel Parkinson, Matt Wilkinson, Heitor Alves
Heat 4: Adriano de Souza, Alejo Muniz, Mitch Coleborn
Heat 5: Mick Fanning, Damien Hobgood, Alex Gray
Heat 6: Kelly Slater, Miguel Pupo, Trials Winner
Heat 7: Gabriel Medina, Kai Otton, Dusty Payne
Heat 8: Julian Wilson, Bede Durbidge, Kieren Perrow
Heat 9: Josh Kerr, Filipe Toledo, Adam Melling
Heat 10: Michel Bourez, CJ Hobgood, Glenn Hall
Heat 11: Jeremy Flores, Nat Young, Kolohe Andino
Heat 12: Adrian Buchan, John John Florence, Brett Simpson
OUT: Tiago Pires, Owen Wright, Raoni Monteiro
WILDCARDS: Mitch Coleborn, Trials Winner
INJURY REPLACEMENTS: Yadin Nicol, Heitor Alves, Alex Gray