There shall be no more John John Florence at Teahupoo this year. The surfing world heaves a collective sigh of disappointment. Even several Brazilians were reportedly seen in states of agitation, struggling with mixed emotions and conflicted loyalties.
But of course it is not entirely true that there will be no more John John. He will not be appearing on your screens in a contest singlet, but he will be out there early morning and late evening, and perhaps after the waiting period has passed; and there will be periodic instalments of freesurfing gold; and for now that will have to do. Here is one of them. Garrett Parkes, Jack Robinson, Anthony Walsh, Ricardo Christie, and a bald dude called Kelly also feature.