With the WSL tour heading to Fiji and the women’s pro getting underway in less than 48 hours, there will be one competitor who will be missing her second tour stop in a row. It has been confirmed that Stephanie Gilmore will not be competing in Fiji, as she is still recovering from the injury she picked up during a free surf during the Margaret River Drug Aware Pro.
It was initially thought that Stephanie would be fit within a few weeks and she had her sights firmly set on competing in Rio, but the fractures to her fibula and tibia turned out to be a lot worse than first thought and have now lead to her missing out in Brazil and Fiji. This news will be a huge blow to Stephanie, who is trying to defend her 2014 world title but currently sits in fourth place on the tour leader board nearly 14000 points behind tour leader Carissa Moore.
Another absentee, this time for the men’s Fiji Pro will be Michel Bourez who also misses the second event in a row following a horrific injury picked up whilst free surfing at Teahupo’o. Michel broke a vertebrae in his back and also broke his hand and had to undergo surgery following the accident. Although devastating for both Bourez and Gilmore, their misfortune opens the door for Keely Andrew and Alejo Muniz who will both the get the opportunity to compete in Fiji as replacements to the injured pair.
The Women’s Fiji Pro has a waiting period from the 31st of May to the 5th of June and the men will be battling it out between the 7th and 19th. To keep up to speed with all the tour news and to make any adjustments to your fantasy surf teams, head over to the WSL website. Do you think that Stephanie can still successfully defend her title this year and how long do you think Michel will be kept out of the water with his broken vertebrae?