John John Withdraws From Billabong Rio Pro

John John Florence

That collective sigh was the surf world learning that John John won’t be surfing in the Billabong Rio Pro… Photo: ASP

John John Florence Withdraws From Billabong Rio Pro

John John Florence (HAW), 20, defending event champion, has withdrawn from the Billabong Rio Pro

LOS ANGELES, California/USA (Monday, April 29, 2013) – John John Florence (HAW), 20, has officially withdrawn from the Billabong Rio Pro, the upcoming third stop on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT).

The defending event champion was sidelined during the opening stop of the year with an ankle injury sustained on the Gold Coast. Florence was unable to compete at the second stop on tour at Bells Beach and has opted out of the Billabong Rio Pro in hopes of healing 100% before rejoining the elite ranks.

"I am going to take my time and wait for my ankle to heal 100% before competing," Florence said. "I am looking forward to being healthy and ready for Fiji and the rest of the year."

The ASP wish John John a continued speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back in the water soon. The ASP Top 34 will next do battle at the Billabong Rio Pro from May 8 – 19, 2013. For more information, log onto