Margaret River surfer Jack Robinson might have only one hour to succeed in the airport but when there’s a trace of hysteria in his voice, he certain is hiding it properly.
- Surfers are heading to El Salvador for the subsequent cease on the World Surf League tour
- It’s the first time the tour has visited the Central American nation
- Hawaii’s John John Florence has withdrawn for the occasion in El Salvador after injuring his knee in Indonesia
“It’s all good, I’ve got a bit of time,” he assured this reporter earlier than outlining his journey forward.
“Let’s see, I fly from here to Bali, Bali to Dohar, Dohar to Miami then Miami to El Salvador, it’s about 30 hours.”
El Salvador is the subsequent cease on the World Surf League’s championship tour.
Robinson — touted as a future champion since rising onto the world stage with a particular bowl haircut aged 13 — strikes into the occasion with consecutive wins beneath very completely different circumstances to his identify.
His hometown win on the Margaret River Professional final month performed out in entrance of hundreds of cheering pals, household and supporters.
His subsequent win in Indonesia occurred in a distant beachside camp, watched on by few greater than rivals, organisers and camp workers.
“It was a bit different,” Robinson mentioned of the distinction in ambiance of every competitors.
“Coming off that win in Margaret River, I was just waiting for the crowd to go off, but it was just us competitors surrounded by jungle.”
The wins bumped Robinson to second on the tour rankings heading into El Salvador, behind Brazil’s Filepe Toledo.
Hawaii’s Carrisa Moore leads the ladies’s tour forward of Brisa Hennesey of Costa Rica.
Harm woe for John John Florence
Hawaii’s John John Florence has withdrawn from the upcoming occasion in El Salvador after injuring his knee in Indonesia.
Florence posted his harm standing on Instagram, including his presence on the following occasion in Brazil was additionally now unlikely.
Florence had beforehand withdrawn from competitors as a consequence of knee accidents and would vacate the third place on the tour rankings.
A immediate return might see Florence return with two occasions on the present tour forward of the title deciding finale in america.
Robinson mentioned whereas Florence’s absence from the tour would “open up a bit of space” within the race to the title occasion in September, he’d a lot quite the 2 world champion be within the title showdown than not.
“I’m hoping he can make it back for the last couple of events, because they are the spots where he has done really well before, like Tahiti and Jeffreys Bay, South Africa,” Robinson mentioned.
Browsing journalist Shannon Hughes mentioned Florence had loomed over every season since profitable his final world title in 2017, solely to be hamstrung by successive accidents.
Nonetheless his absence will current alternatives for Robinson and fellow Australian, Ethan Ewing.
“John does sit in a different place in the minds of most surfers and even Gabriel Medina has said he wants John to be there to push him,” Ms Hughes mentioned.
“I don’t think there’s anyone at the moment that even could take John’s place, but I think that out of anyone on tour, Jack and Ethan both have the potential to be that person in the coming years.
“Their aggressive success is starting to match the potential we’ve identified for years that they’ve.”