Top French surfer Jeremy Flores will miss the next two events following his unsportsmanlike conduct with the judges at the J-Bay Open last week, according to the ASP. After the association's Rules and Disciplinary Committee completed its investigation, it banned Flores from competition until August 27 and fined him $6,000, which makes him unable to compete in the Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach and the Billabong Pro Tahiti, the next ASP World Championship Tour event.
In the second round of the J-Bay Open on July 12, Flores just nearly lost his heat to Sebastian Zietz and reportedly went straight up to confront the judges after he got out of the water. Flores is not fighting the suspension or fine, and has apologized in writing and in-person. He will be able to return to competition for the Hurley Pro Trestles in September after he completes his suspension, according to ASP officials.