John John Florence: one of the best Pipe specialists of all time | Photo: Cestari/WSL

John "John" Florence is one of the most talented surfers of the 21st century. Let's duck dive into the Hawaiian surfer's life.

His style inspires millions of surfers. JJF reads a wave like few and blends the flow and smooth lines of the past with new school attitude that ignites the fans.

But, what makes him a popular character within the surfing community? Is it because of his balanced combination of shyness and affability? Or is it because he simply rules the waves in all sorts of conditions?

One thing is for sure: the regular-footer from the North Shore of Oahu is just warming up. Florence's pro surfing career will certainly reveal new facets of brilliance.

Whether he is taking on Waimea Bay or tearing the beach break waves of Hossegor apart, John "John" will always impress us with his natural aptitude for surfing.

Now, let's see how much do you really know about John "John" Florence:

1. John "John" Florence's real name is... John Alexander Florence;

2. JJF was named after John F. Kennedy Jr, often referred as John John;

3. His nicknames include Two Johns and JJ;

4. He was born on October 18, 1992, in Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii;

5. John John Florence is 6'1'' and weighs around 175 lbs;

6. Florence's favorite food is sushi and pasta;

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7. He lives in a $5 million beach-front house with five bedrooms, and four bathrooms located in Banzai Pipeline;

8. The Hawaiian surfer grew up listening to Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Motörhead, Black Sabbath, Johnny Cash, and Talking Heads;

9. His favorite hobbies include skateboarding, sailing, snowboarding, photography, and fishing;

10. John "John" is also interested in beekeeping;

11. JJF's favorite surfer girls are Stephanie Gilmore and Carissa Moore;

12. Florence loves to wake up early;

13. John John Florence is in a relationship with Lauryn Cribb;

14. JJF caught his first wave with his mother when he was only six months old;


15. John "John" first surfed Pipeline at the age of 5;

16. Pipeline still is JJF's favorite surf break and dream wave;

17. Alexandra Helen Florence, John's mother, is an accomplished surfer and moved from New Jersey to the North Shore of Oahu, at the age of 16, after earning money from a bikini contest;

18. Florence has two younger brothers: Nathan and Ivan;

19. John "John" rarely speaks of, or mentions his alcoholic father John L. Florence;

20. JJF is one of the five surfers who won their first two world titles consecutively, and the second ever Hawaiian surfer to win back-to-back world titles since Andy Irons;

John John Florence: celebrating his first world title in 2016 | Photo: Poullenot/WSL

21. Florence has been riding Pyzel surfboards ever since;

22. JJF won his first titles at the 2003 and 2005 NSSA National Championships;

23. At the age of 13, John John Florence became the youngest surfer ever to compete in the Triple Crown of Surfing;

24. JJF's signature movie "View From a Blue Moon" was the first surf film shot in 4K, and had an overall budget of over $2 million;

25. His favorite surf film of all time is "The Endless Summer II";

26. John John Florence doesn't smoke weed;


27. He has already had a close encounter with sharks;

28. JJF's most inspiring surfers are Andy Irons and Kelly Slater;

29. In 2011, Florence broke his back while surfing Pipeline;

30. John John Florence won the 2015/2016 Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau in historical 45-to-60-foot surf;

31. JJF is the youngest surfer to win the World Cup of Surfing;

32. Florence celebrated his first world title (2016), in Peniche, Portugal;


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