John John Florence claims 2016 Hawaiian Pro

November 19, 2016 | Surfing
John John Florence: the 2016 Hawaiian Pro champion

John John Florence has taken out the 2016 Hawaiian Pro, at Haleiwa.

The 2016 world surfing champion won the first event of the Triple Crown of Surfing after defeating Frederico Morais, Marc Lacomare, and Adrian Buchan in the final held in 15-foot waves.

Florence, who recently admitted that he is looking forward to winning the most prestigious series in pro surfing, ended up tied with Frederico Morais with 15.66 points. However, because he had the highest individual wave score, John John raised the trophy.

"It's been the best year of my life for sure. So happy to be back home and with my family and friends. I couldn't have done it without my mom, my brothers supporting me my whole life. The Johnson family, Pyzel has been a big help with everything," expressed John John.

"I want to win another World Title for sure. I'd love to win the Triple Crown, and I want to win Pipe. I want to win everything. So that's my goal right now, to be a really good competitive surfer. I think there's so much to learn about myself and learn how to compete still."

Morais, who needed a 7.34 to jump into first, rode his final wave and got a 7.33 - it wasn't enough for just 0.01 points. But, despite the bad luck, and with this result, the Portuguese surfer jumps from 28th to 10th in the Qualifying Series. Who knows, he might be next rookie on tour.

"(This result) is heaps of points and it puts me in a good position to qualify for next year. I love Sunset; it's a really good wave. I've had fun there, and I guess I have nothing to lose. I'm just going to enjoy myself and hope to get through some heats, make a final maybe," added Frederico Morais.

2016 Hawaiian Pro | Final

1. John John Florence (HAW), 15.66
2. Frederico Morais (PRT), 15.66
3. Marc Lacomare (FRA), 15.50
4. Adrian Buchan (AUS), 9.60