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Jeremy Flores Suspended

ASP boots Flores from the U.S. Open and Tahiti after tirade to the judges

| posted on July 18, 2014
Photo: ASP/Cestar

Photo: ASP/Cestari

The ASP has announced that Jeremy Flores has been suspended from all competition until August 27, 2014. This means he’ll miss the Prime-series U.S. Open of Surfing, and the WCT Billabong Pro Tahiti—a venue at which Flores typically shines.

After a close (and debatable, if you’re so inclined) Round 2 loss to Sebastian Zietz ended his J-Bay Open, Flores reportedly stormed the ASP tower and confronted the judges in what the ASP are calling “an unsportsmanlike manner.” While sporadic outbursts of behaving in an unsportsmanlike manner toward the judges is a time-honored tradition of hot-blooded surfers on Tour (see: “The Great Sunny Garcia Muffin Throwing Incident of 1995″; Victor Ribas, Maldives 2001) Flores apparently crossed a line in this most recent episode, with one judge remarking that he’d never before witnessed that level of abuse. This isn’t Flores’ first run-in with the ASP disciplinary committee. Back in 2011, Flores and Sunny Garcia were disqualified from the Burleigh Breaka Pro after engaging in a whitewater fistfight with a local.

The ASP pondered Flores’ punishment for several days before announcing that he’ll miss the upcoming U.S. Open, a fairly important Prime series event, but more importantly, the Billabong Pro at Tahiti, which will likely send Flores to the WQS next season. He currently sits at 28th in the rankings, and missing out on two crucial and point-rich events will almost certainly detonate any plans he had for requalification during the back half of this year’s World Tour.

Flores has since issued written and verbal apologies to all parties involved. He’ll be back for the Hurley Pro at Trestles in September.

  • walter

    One of my favorite surfers, but he totally deserves it.

  • Quentin

    He deserves it but I understand his frustration when we see how he has been noted against seabass… He did not deserve to lose this heat at all!

    • z

      Ok..how many heats like this one since his debuts on WT ? A lot, much more than it’s bearable=> his reaction.

  • ManBearPig808

    Ummm that ‘local’ was a Brazzo. And he punched sunny’s teenage son in the face…Everyone would have done exactly the same thing

  • Phocas Surf

    ASP judges are a joke, end of story.

  • http://alesblanco.wix.com/alejandrophoto Alejandro Saez Blanco

    Fuck the ASP, they should suspend the judges when they make mistakes, he did not deserve to loose that heat, surfers should do something about it.

  • 204s

    I’m sure screaming at the judges will help him in the future. Not.

  • zed

    Fuck ASP, fuck seppos and aussies favoritism, Jzza was right.

    • Mike De Jianne

      yo wen they had mick beet slater at bells (i think it was Bells – it was in austrailia anyway) like two or three years ago i knew something was up. sltare hit that retarted 360 noone else woujd even have CONSIDERED DOING.!! he should of won the contest for that alone!!! and he was pissed about that. Mick did like two 2 or 3 normal turns and a not completely 360 and they had that beet slaters frontside upface lip hitting nuts 360 followed by two good turns. THAT WAS FAVORITISM AND HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE 10000% It still doesnt sit well with me man. LOL Hopefully Slater has moved on as obviously he has (moved on enough anyway, but that was messed up)

  • Jason M

    The ASP judges do dome strange things at times, but Flores lost that heat. You could argue that he was overscored. His two scoring waves were paint by the numbers with no chances taken and no memorable turns. He has a history of blowing up after heats.

    • Owen

      I don’t know if it is that clear. Watch Seabass’ second highest score – a 6.67 – and compare it to Jeremy’s 5.93. Both waves had 5 turns, both had one roundhouse, not sure if the 6.67 was so deserving. Flores also had a nice finish compared to Seabass’ ejection.

      However, I do agree it was closer than Flores portrayed.

  • Bing

    When there’s money on the line (betting wagers, that is) I think it’s time the ASP judges are carefully investigated and watched. Competitive surfing is looking a lot like professional boxing these days….

  • zed

    ok guys… ASP rules.. not for aussies and americans (hawaiians included) ? ASP judgement is a very
    special thing : every time a heat is closed…who wins ? Not the
    brasilians… not the european(s). So Jeremy should have accepted like a
    caniche (a french cliché you love guys) his 28th elimination on a row for
    0.001 pt at r2. The problem is the judgement and this richie porta, not the reaction of a
    passionated french athlete who fight on a tour build by anglo-saxons for
    anglo-saxons.

    Just to laugh : remember the legendary hawaiian’s fairplay
    (ahahahha), the aussies junkies pro of the past (not so far away ?)…
    and let’s compare to this special treatment for the awfull and dangerous
    arrogant french maaaaaaaan (french bashing is soooo goood), keep on
    going mates !

    • Clarence Cooper

      what the fuck are you talking about ???

  • lmao!

    Flores and Sunny are a joke period. Their attitudes and monkey like behavior is pathetic.