John John Florence: back foot power

John John Florence showed the advantages of playing in home waters by posting the highest heat score so far, at the Vans World Cup of Surfing, in Sunset Beach.


The North Shore young gun gathered 17.8 points and is through to the Round of 32 surfers, alongside with Kelly Slater, Glenn Hall, Julian Wilson, Jamie O'Brien, Jeremy Flores, Gabriel Media, Jordy Smith, Sunny Garcia and more.

"I saw the heat draw come up and in the beginning I was just thinking about my brother and I was kinda psyched for it," said John. "It was fun to surf with him and I was really hoping it would be me and him making it through the heat, but it didn't work out".

"Sunset is nearly impossible because something's always changing.  I went out there thinking I was gonna catch as many waves as I could. There ended up being bigger waves than I thought. It's just totally different when you get out there".

Kelly Slater put out a solid performance riding a surfboard a good 12 inches or more shorter than anyone else. He even found a rare, clean 3-second barrel on the inside.

"It's a tricky wave," he said of Sunset. "I don't surf it a lot and usually it doesn't weigh into the World Title, so I haven't put a lot of importance on getting to know the line up - exactly where to sit and which waves to go on during which swell directions and all that"

The Australian contingent was hit hard at Sunset. Of the 16 who competed today, only half survived. Among them were Kieren Perrow, Perth Standlick, Julian Wilson, and Jay Thompson.

Round of 64 of the Vans World Cup of Surfing 2012:

Sebastien Zietz (HAW) 12.56pts ; Julian Wilson (AUS) 11.33pts ; Alex Smith (HAW) 10.90pts ; Ian Gentil (HAW) 9.
Kieren Perrow (AUS) 15.00pts ; Travis Logie (ZAF) 13.74pts ; Tom Whitaker (AUS) 13.34pts ; Jean Da Silva (BRA) 13,24pts
Jamie O'Brian (HAW) 13.67pts ; Chris Ward (USA) 10.36pts ; Kolohe Andino (USA) 9.60pts ; Bede Durbidge (AUS) 9.17pts
Jeremy Flores (FRA) 14.33pts ; Glenn Hall (IRL) 13.46pts ; Gabe Kling (USA) 12.50pts ; Jadson Andre (BRA) 11.10pts
Taylor Knox (USA) 12.30pts ; Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.43pts ; Nathan Hedge (AUS) 9.84pts ; Ian Walsh (HAW) 8.90pts
Michel Bourez (PYF) 14.54pts ; Jesse Mendes (BRA) 12.63pts ; Yadin Nicol (AUS) 12.03pts ; Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 11.17pts 
Damien Hobgood (USA) 15.83pts ; Jay Thompson (AUS) 11.86pts ; Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 5.64pts ; Granger Larsen (HAW) 4.77pts
Kelly Slater (USA) 17.04pts ; Lincoln Taylor (AUS) 12.33pts ; Jack Freestone (AUS) 12.20pts ; Kalani Chapman (HAW) 8.17pts
John John Florence (HAW) 17.80pts ; Billy Kemper (HAW) 15.77pts ; Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 7.67pts ; Nathan Florence (HAW) 7.37pts
Perth Standlick (AUS) 14.66pts ; Brett Simpson (USA) 12.00pts ; Miguel Pupo (BRA) 10.93pts ; Evan Valiere (HAW) 7.90pts
Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.67pts ; Nat Young (USA) 15.20pts ; Joan Duru (FRA) 9.30pts ; Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 5.74pts
CJ Hobgood (USA) 12.83pts ; Ricardo Dos Santos (BRA) 9.93pts ; Tiago Pires (PRT) 5.43pts ; Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 4.17pts
Marc Lacomare (FRA) 12.70pts ; Adam Melling (AUS) 10.83pts ; Josh Kerr (AUS) 9.00pts ; Garrett Parkes (AUS) 6.16pts
Alejo Muniz (BRA) 15.80pts ; Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 14.87pts ; Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 7.50pts ; Dusty Payne (HAW) 6.80pts
Kai Otton (AUS) 11.86pts ; Nathan Yeomans (USA) 11.60pts ; Pancho Sullivan (HAW) 11.40pts ; Heitor Alves (BRA) 4.26pts
Gabriel Medina (BRA) 13.76pts ; Sunny Garcia (HAW) 13.66pts ; Koa Smith (HAW) 13.26pts ; Nathaniel Curran (USA) 8.20pts