John John has entered the Pipe Masters
This morning, while watching the Vans Pro kick off in swiftly rising Sunset surf, I did a double take on the commentary.
I'm not sure who was on the mic, but so understated was the delivery that I almost missed it and thank heavens for the little scroll back button.
"Even the turtles are enjoying the surf today!"
Too far. Scroll forward a little.
"News coming out locally is that John John Florence has entered in all three of the Vans Triple Crown contests."
It's not a sure thing, he may chock his name in the draw then see how his knee feels on the day, however three days back he posted this to Instagram:
"...back home and the knee is feeling great. I’m excited for the opportunities ahead, Pipe Masters and Olympics right around the corner."
Keep in mind the top ten ranked surfers on the CT automatically go to the Olympics, and though he's at eighth he could easily slip out of the mix.
There's also the fact that he's never won the Pipe Masters despite being the greatest Pipe surfer of his generation.
And if he does compete think of the drama should he go head to head with one of the title contenders.
I'm reliably informed by a Swellnet commenter whose name and medical qualifications are unknown, that a ruptured ACL takes eight months to recover from. The Pipe Masters starts just six months after JJF went under the knife.
Let the speculation begin...