- 28 January 2011 | Surfing
John John Florence has conquered the 2011 Volcom Pipe Pro. The Hawaiian wonder boy has defeated Jamie O’Brien, Chris Ward and Aamion Goodwin in the overhead high waves of Banzai Pipeline.
Florence, who has started to surf Pipe at the age of eight, has had a tough path towards victory in his home break. In the final heat, John John embarked upon a flurry of insane tube-riding in the opening 10 minutes of the 30-minute heat, locking in back-to-back scores of 7.67, 8.43 and 9.93 to shut the door, reaching an overall score of 18.36 points.
This means that John John Florence has been awarded a wildcard to take on the world’s best in the Pipe Masters, December 8-20. Tasty victory, just three weeks after taking out the "Backdoor Shootout" event.
"Two contests in a row out here, I’m so stoked right now. I’m still kind of in disbelief,” said Florence. "It’s satisfaction. I love doing it and putting it all together and just having fun."
The Hawaiian prodigy hopes to travel the world this year in a bid to qualify for the elite ASP World Tour. "This means everything, my first (ASP) win and my first (ASP) final. I’m gonna try, you know. I’ve got a pretty good start on it. I love it, and I love traveling. Going to all different places, surfing, meeting different people. It’s the best thing ever."
Florence's tube-riding skills are impressive and they all seemed to play out the same way: deep, long and successful. "It’s just crazy to be in a heat with Jamie. I’ve grown up with him and I’m just really stoked. I’ve wanted to win here ever since I was little, ever since I started surfing out here."
"I kinda just lucked into it, you know. I got that first one and it was alright and then I paddled back out and got that second one, and then just paddled straight back into that left."
Jamie O’Brien, Chris Ward and Aamion Goodwin accepted the youngster's win and underlines the quality of the waves of the 2011 Volcom Pipe Pro. "It was amazing," Goodwin said of his semi-final heat and best finish in an ASP event. "I’ll remember that for a long time."
1. John John Florence (HAW) – 18.36, $16,000
2. Jamie O’Brien (HAW) – 15.34, $8,000
3. Chris Ward (USA) – 14.46, $6,000
4. Aamion Goodwin (HAW) – 10.6, $5,000