Jeremy Flores, who has been traveling on the Championship Tour for over a decade, has withdrawn from the Margaret River Pro this year due to the birth of his first child with longtime partner, French model Hinarani de Longeaux.
His daughter, named Hinahei, was born last night -- preventing Flores to make the trip out to Western Australia for the start of the event waiting period on April 11.
This is the first event that Flores has missed since the 2015 J-Bay Open, from which he was forced to withdraw of after receiving a head injury while surfing in a remote area of Indonesia.
Thankfully, this time around, there's a happier reason to miss a contest. "My beautiful girl," wrote Flores on his Facebook page. "This is by far the best thing that's ever happened to me."
The Margaret River Pro marks the last stop on the Australian leg of the 2018 season, with the Tour moving to Brazil on May 11. Flores, although having a rough start, won last year's Billabong Pipe Masters, eliminating the newly crowned World Champ John John Florence during the Final. The Frenchman will be looking to carry some of that momentum once he returns to the Tour...not to mention his newfound motivator -- his daughter.
During today's trials, Yallingup prodigy Kael Walsh's runner-up finish in the men's division earned him a spot in the main event -- taking the place of Jeremy Flores. Walsh will go up against Gabriel Medina and Joan Duru in Heat 5 of Round 1.
Congratulations Jeremy Flores!
Check back for the call Tuesday local time, and watch daily on the WSL and Facebook between April 11-22.