Florence isn't the only World Championship Tour (WCT) surfer whose injury has affected his Hawaiian competition schedule. C.J. Hobgood's ability to compete at Pipe is in question as he recovers from a severe cut sustained during the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal. Australian Taj Burrow, a past Pipe Master, will miss the event this year for the first time in his 17-year career, opting to undergo shoulder surgery for a recurring injury.
Florence, meanwhile, is a North Shore native and would have been among the surfers to beat in this year's Triple Crown, which began with the contest in Haleiwa. Florence suffered a grade 2 strain to his muscle last week and has been advised not to surf at Haleiwa, according to a letter from his doctor. To the likely chagrin of other competitors, his injury is not expected to keep him out of the Billabong Pipe Masters, where he's a huge threat.
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