John John Florence wins 2012 Billabong Rio Pro

May 16, 2012 | Surfing
John John Florence: Hawaiian airline pilot

John John Florence has conquered in the 2012 Billabong Rio Pro, after defeating Joel Parkinsonin three-to-four foot (one metre) waves on offer in the overcast skies of Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The talented Hawaiian surfer conquered his first WCT trophy.

John John Florence opened his slot of cards with two very good waves, in the first three exchanges, scoring 9.10 and 7.27 point waves in the early minutes. Backside air included.

Meanwhile, Parkinson could not lock a decent score that would put in the game, again. Florence's versatile surfing skills paid off and his opponent was frozen in the first half of the final heat.

With ten minutes remaining, Parkinson gets a quality set wave to comeback into the final: 8.27 points. But it was too late and John John Florence was handling the priority with cold blood.

"This is the best feeling in the world", Florence said. "I had that bad heat at Arpoador to start and we had a couple of lay days and I had to just sit and think about it".

"I can’t even believe this right now. I’m in shock. I was just sticking to my game plan and not thinking about the other guys. I’m so happy right now."

In the last day of competition of the 2012 Billabong Rio Pro, Parkinson got over Tiago Pires and Mick Fanning by narrow margins. John John Florence beat Julian Wilson and Josh Kerr to reach the final.

JJF secure a very important victory in Rio de Janeiro to jump in the 2012 ASP World Tour title run. Also, this is the best result for Joel Parkinson in Rio de Janeiro, the capital of Brazil.

The Australian is opening the 2012 season with three great results: fifth, third and second. Parkinson now leads the world rankings.

2012 Billabong Rio Pro | Final

John John Florence (HAW), 16.37 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS), 11.44