Watch: So what about John John?
Now that the Olympics are postponed, the Aussie CT leg is cancelled, and most likely the rest of the tour too, surfing has lost the star it orbits around.
Oh yes, I know, bollocks and all that, there's more to surfing than the professional carry on. Yet pro surfers provide a frame of reference for how performance is tracking, and the contests, even for those who loathe them, are a place to congregate, either to wonder at the surfing on show or to write the whole artiifice off.
Under normal circumstances, that is if this Covid fever dream never occurred, the Corona Open would've begun on the Gold Coast this morning. The surf today is small, two foot from the SE and there's a good chance it would've run at Snapper. John John would be in Heat 8 and we'd all be wondering how his gammy knee is gonna hold up when his Brazilian opponents start throwing down.
All that means nought now. There's no marquee set up at Snapper, and the pros are locked down in their repsective countries. Meanwhile, John John has released this clip from Hawaii that includes a few frontside and backside ramps supposed to show that his knee has recovered.
For mine, it doesn't look like it has at all.
Might just be a blessing that the comps have been cancelled.
Also, here's more John John, this one filmed a week ago at Haliewa. There's no airs but a few turns are on point.