- 03 February 2013 | Surfing
John John Florence has conquered the third consecutive Volcom Pipe Pro title, at Banzai Pipeline, Hawaii, after defeating Chris Ward, Josh Kerr and Olamana Eleogram in the final.
The 20-year-old talent opens the world surfing season in great shape and may well target the 2013 ASP World Tour title. Three huge barrels in the opening minutes of the Volcom Pipe Pro final sealed the deal.
"It was definitely a special final for me, my third time in a row, I can't even believe it. I was just happy to make it through today really, because the waves were small but still really good", says John John Florence.
"Surfing the four man heats in small, peaky conditions like that is really tough and it's quite a battle to even get a wave. I'm glad I snuck some in".
Florence survived a super tight quarter final clash with three other surfers who have tasted victory at Pipeline: Jamie O'Brien, Reef McIntosh, and Bruce Irons. Now, it's time to look into the near future.
"I just hope it's as good as last year. Last year was the best year of my life". The Todd Chesser Memorial Award was presented to local surfer Kahea Hart.
Final of the 2013 Volcom Pipe Pro:
1. John John Florence - 16.33 points
2. Chris Ward - 14.8 points
3. Josh Kerr - 13.83 points
4. Olamana Eleogram 13.3 points