After 17 years on the Championship Tour, 2001 World Champion C.J. Hobgood (USA) announced that he will be retiring from competition at the end of the 2015 season. As a show of appreciation for some of his fellow competitors and personal heroes, he will be wearing other surfers' jerseys on occasion. For his Round 1 heat of the Fiji Pro, Hobgood paddled out wearing fellow Floridian Kelly Slater's #11.
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