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Adriano De Souza Is Out For The Rest of 2019

Like our poor John John, the 2015 World Champion has been sidelined again by a recurring knee injury. 

news // Sep 29, 2019
Words by stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

At Portugal last year we witnessed a tough Adriano De Souza try to push through the pain and surf the remainder of his heat with an injured knee. What happened was he ending up looking out of control while also in excruciating pain, and ended up on the competitive sidelines until Brazil of this year.

While his results since returning haven’t neared his 2015 run, he did notch a quarter-final finish and seemed to be returning to form with every event that passed.

Yesterday however, it appears that return to form will be postponed until at least 2020. Adriano has withdrawn from the remainder of the 2019 season citing the knee injury that put him out of the water back in 2018. 

“And that was my last event in 2019. I gave everything, I felt good in zone of competitions, but my knee didn’t match what I wanted, [if] I was to keep competing this year.” Adriano posted to Instagram late last night. “Gratitude to God, my family, my wife, my friends, my sponsors. I will come back with faith and a lot of willingness in 2020 regardless of whether CT or QS. We will be 100% in 2020.”

Currently John Florence, Mikey Wright, Leo Fiovaranti, and Adriano De Souza have all had big stints out of the water this year due to injury. And as we all know from last year’s debacle – click here for a recap! – the WSL only dishes out two injury wildcards. Although ADS alludes to the QS, based on their previous World Titles it seems as if John and Adriano would be the two to receive the injury wildcards, although only time will tell which decision is made at the years end.

It may not be quite as exciting as the title race, actually Gabs will obviously win that, so you may as well stay tuned to find out who will win the coveted injury trophy and a free pass into the CT 2020!. 

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