John John Florence: kicking out of Rio

John John Florence has withdrawn from the Billabong Rio Pro 2013 and will not be defending last year's title in the Brazilian warm sands.

The upcoming third stop on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) will not see the talent of John John Florence in the spots of Arpoador and Barra da Tijuca.

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. I am looking forward to being healthy and ready for Fiji and the rest of the year", explains John John.

The Billabong Rio Pro 2013 is running from May 8th–19th, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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