Hawaii champion surfer John John Florence ruptures ACL, done for the season
Hawaii pro surfer John John Florence has ruptured his ACL and is likely done competing for the rest of the year.
The two-time World Surf League champion, who resides on the North Shore, made the announcement Monday on Instagram, saying, “… in Brazil I ruptured my ACL. I’ll be pulling out of J-Bay and likely the rest of the CT season. I’m opting for surgery so I can be 100% next year. I’m excited for this new adventure and everything I will learn along the way. Thanks for all of the support!” Florence, the 2016 winner of the big-wave competition “The Eddie,” withdrew from the Oi Rio Pro last week during his quarterfinal heat with the injury. The 26-year-old had won the event in Rio de Janeiro twice previously.