John John Florence is two heats away from a maiden world title

October 24, 2016 | Surfing
Jordy Smith: a perfect 10 at Supertubos | Photo: Poullenot/WSL

John John Florence is two heats away from a maiden world surfing title, as the Meo Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2016 enters the semifinals.

The Hawaiian is pitted against Kolohe Andino in the first semifinal heat. Florence needs to win the event at Supertubos to claim the first World Surf League Championship Tour title of his career.

"When it's like that you got to surf it like a free surf, you're looking for any open wave, even the little ones stand up bigger than you think they are," said Florence after beating Julian Wilson in the quarterfinals.

But Jordy Smith is not going to make things easy for John John. On his quarterfinal heat against Sebastian Zietz, the South African transformed a tricky combination situation into a magic turnaround with a Perfect 10-point ride.

"It was an incredible wave, I had a few opportunities, one left before, and I didn't come out and that one massive right, but it didn't have any exit, so I felt like sooner or later the door was going to open," added Smith.

"I haven't had a barrel like that in so long, what a feeling to get it in a contest and especially when you need it the most!"

Meo Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2016 | Quarterfinal Results

Kolohe Andino (USA) 17.34 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 8.10
John John Florence (HAW) 16.90 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 13.57
Conner Coffin (USA) 12.66 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 5.94
Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.40 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 13.56

Meo Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2016 | Semifinal Matchups

Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. John John Florence (HAW)
Conner Coffin (USA) vs. Jordy Smith (ZAF) uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn more on our About section.