Jeremy Flores is waiting by the phone. After a knee-popping wipeout warming up for the Quiky Pro, he’s spent the last couple days visiting doctors, physical therapists and new-age electro-shaman. None of them can find a thing. Jeremy just knows his knee hurts too much to walk. Too much to surf.
Poor guy. The waves are finally here. The comp is on. He was super pumped to start the new season here at one of his favorite waves. His second home. And now this.
I stop by his house for a quick chat. The contest is on the flat-screen, proper HD sports coverage (good on ya, Quiksilver). A room full of dudes who are either fit surfers or jiu jitsu fighters — probably both — sit around half watching. The porch is covered in weights and training gear, but Jeremy is on the couch. His knee is elevated. He is smiling, but he is not happy. Electrodes dangled from his knee. “I don’t know what it does,” he says, “but at this point, I’ll try anything.”
We talk about last year’s infamous Sterling Spencer video.
“I thought it was funny,” he says.
We speak about his Pipe Master title
“I’m most comfortable inside the barrel.”
About his highly publicized fight at Burleigh.
“The ASP said I should just let the guy punch me. I don’t think I could do that.”
He’s an interesting man. Five-year veteran of the World Tour at only 22 years old, he’s got a lot of surfing left in him. But today, he’s got no surfing at all.
SURFING Magazine: WHAT’S THE BEST ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED?
Jeremy Flores: “Never give up.” My trainer taught me that.
WHAT’S YOUR MOST VALUED POSSESSION?
My passport, so I can continue to travel the world and visit all my friends.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR?
I just want to be remembered a good person. Someone who made other people happy.
The phone rings and Jeremy takes the call in private. His expression is inconclusive. The doctors want more tests. With his competitive season hanging in the balance, he limps up the street on his crutches to do the ASP webcast for France. —NM
You Are Here is a series of brief visitations with those in and around the world of surf, as encountered by SURFING’s roaming correspondent Nathan Myers.