John John out of the Pipeline Masters
Many people thought Kelly Slater and John John Florence would play world title spoilers with their expected returns from injury at the Pipeline Masters. Slater is recovering from a foot injury, John John a tweaked knee.
News this morning will see Gabs, Jules, and Filipe breathe a sigh of relief, as with just three days till go time John John has withdrawn from the contest.
"I think I’m close to 100%," announced John John via the WSL, "but I'm not there yet. I noticed this week that I still don’t have full trust in my movements."
"The Pipe Masters is my favorite contest on tour so it’s a really difficult decision, but I am going to withdraw from the event."
John John (WSL/Laurent Masurel)
John John would've started Round 1 in Heat 7 against Wade Carmichael and Griffin Colapinto - fact, sitting at No 20 and needing a big result to secure his CT position, Colapinto is another competitor breathing a sigh of relief.
The WSL hasn't yet announced who will replace John John.