“Unfortunately I hurt my knee during a freesurf here in Bali, and I have to pull out of the next event to get back and heal up as quickly as possible,”

Florence announced Monday 6/4. “I was trying bottom turns in the yard yesterday to see if there is any way for me to possibly surf this event, but nothing about it felt right. I think it’s best I heal 100% before I get back in the water.”

“When I was a little kid, I watched my favorite surfers winning events and trying big airs and big maneuvers, and I dreamed of doing those things,” he continued. “I will never lose that. I’m excited for everything to come. I hope to come out of this injury smarter and more excited than I have ever been.”

Hawaii’s 2X World Champ is having a tough year and a 3peat isn’t likely. Despite high-scores & flashes of brilliance —here’s the last 5 events: 25th, 13th, 13th, 13th, and now INJURY. This places John John rank at #21 on the Jeep Leaderboard and will be lower after Uluwatu.

“This year has been so much fun regardless of my results,” he explained. “Through some of the tough losses I’ve learned more than I have in the past couple years. That’s why I love competing — the chance to learn is always there, win or lose. I love the drive to win you get from a loss. I feel like I’m more driven to win than ever from this year.”

We wish Florence Godspeed in his 100% recovery…

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