Australian surfer Owen Wright will not return to the World Surf League in 2016 as he continues to battle a head injury from last December's Pipeline Masters in Hawaii.
Wright has not surfed competitively since he fell before competing in the event, which also cruelled his faint championship hopes leading into the season-ending competition.
"I understand that I have more rehabilitation ahead of me until that's possible," Wright said.
"I'm feeling better every day and I want to thank everyone for the support so far."
Wright walked himself out of the water after the fall where he took several waves to the head, however he appeared disoriented as he walked up the beach.
He was then rushed to hospital after he woke up at his hotel struggling to breathe and suffering dizzy spells.
Wright, 26 still has plans of returning to the water for competition moving forward though.
"It's always difficult being away from the water for me," Wright said.
"It's also a major challenge to give myself time to heal because I want to be back in the singlet so badly."