John Florence Has Torn His MCL
There were deep gasps in the booth and at home when webcast vision first showed JJF lacing a brace across his knee in Grajagan.
"That's not a little preventitive brace," said an understated Richie, as Strider talked up the injury, and Ronny rattled off John's impressive absent-due-to-injury contest list. Despite surfing in the contest and claiming to feel OK a visit with the doc has turned up bad news: an MCL tear.
From John's Insta account:
"I learned yesterday that the pain I was feeling in G-Land is due to a torn MCL that happened during the event. Hard news for me to accept, and it means I have to officially withdraw from the next WSL event in El Salvador, and most likely the Brazil event too."
"This one really hurts to be honest. But, there will always be unforeseen moments out of our control, just have to try and respond in the best way possible."
"Thank you for the support and messages the last few days."
John is currently in third place with four events to go - not including the Finals Series - and a worst case scenario of two missed events would cruel any chance of a Trestles showdown.
The way the leaderboard is stacked, even one missed event will make it hard for John to make the Top 5, especially as he's already throwing out one low score.
This is the fourth season John has had a significant mid-year injury.