Ethan Ewing Breaks His Back, Out Of Teahupoo
Following Italo Ferreira's withdrawal from Tahiti, Ethan Ewing has also pulled out after he hit the bottom during a warm up session yesterday.
Reports are that Ethan hit the bottom and had to be helped to shore. Shortly afterwards, and before being dignosed, the WSL announced his withdrawal from the contest.
The diagnosis is two fractured vertebrae, L3 and L4, and an uncertain recovery time.
Ewing is currently second on the rankings and is a points certainty to make the Final 5 at Trestles. It is possible, likely even, that by not competing at Teahupoo he'll slip down the rankings hindering his world title chances. The worst he can finish is fourth.
However, at this stage it's unknown if Ethan could even compete at Trestles, which begins in two months, the waiting period beginning on September 8th.
Ethan is replaced by Mihimana Braye who is the second-highest ranked Tahitian surfer on the Challenger Series. The highest ranked, Kauli Vaast, has already assumed Italo Ferreira's spot. Braye finished equal third in the recent Trials - his third straight podium finish. He also qualified for the main event in 2021, though the event was subsequently cancelled.