John John Florence wants to win the 2016 Triple Crown of Surfing

November 10, 2016 | Surfing
John John Florence: aiming at his third Triple Crown of Surfing | Photo: Cestari/WSL

The winner of the 2016 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) title will compete in all three events of the Triple Crown of Surfing.

John John Florence wants to end the best year of his professional career so far with a punctuation mark. The youngest surfer to ever win a Triple Crown of Surfing will try to conquer the prestigious trophy for the third time.

Florence won the Hawaiian specialty series in 2011, and in 2013, but he will try to celebrate a new feat in front of his home crowd after securing his maiden world surfing title in Peniche, Portugal.

The 2016 world champion will have, however, many other surfers desperate to do well in the Hawaiian Pro (November 12th-23rd), Vans World Cup of Surfing (November 24th, December 6th), and in the Billabong Pipe Masters (December 8th-20th).

There will be Qualifying Series (QS) competitors fighting for precious points, CT campaigners eager to requalify, and local surfers ready to shine in home waters. One of them is Ezekiel Lau, who still hopes of making it to the Dream Tour in 2017.

"Being able to compete in front of a home crowd is always a great feeling. The energy this time of year is electrifying. I'm looking to embrace it all and enjoy every second of it," explains Lau.

"My ultimate goal is to win. That's my goal every time I put on a jersey. The only thing that changes is that I sleep in my own bed and wake up and compete in my backyard."

Professional surfing is also celebrating its 40th anniversary. The first ever world tour - the IPS World Circuit - was formed in October 1976 by Fred Hemmings and Randy Rarick. Five years before, in 1971, Hemmings had already created the inaugural Hawaiian Masters, later renamed Pipeline Masters.

Triple Crown of Surfing | Past Winners

2015: Gabriel Medina
2014: Julian Wilson
2013: John John Florence
2012: Sebastien Zietz
2011: John John Florence
2010: Joel Parkinson
2009: Joel Parkinson
2008: Joel Parkinson
2007: Bede Durbidge
2006: Andy Irons
2005: Andy Irons
2004: Sunny Garcia
2003: Andy Irons
2002: Andy Irons
2001: Myles Padaca
2000: Sunny Garcia
1999: Sunny Garcia
1998: Kelly Slater
1997: Michael Rommelse
1996: Kaipo Jaquias
1995: Kelly Slater
1994: Sunny Garcia
1993: Sunny Garcia
1992: Sunny Garcia
1991: Tom Carroll
1990: Derek Ho
1989: Gary Elkerton
1988: Derek Ho
1987: Gary Elkerton
1986: Derek Ho
1985: Michael Ho
1984: Derek Ho
1983: Michael Ho