John John Florence crowned 2017 World Surf League champion

And the 2017 Championship Tour (CT) world surfing champion is John John Florence.

The Billabong Pipe Masters is over. The finals day went underway in four-to-six-foot surf, and a packed crowd of surf fans witnessed a tense title race unfold in front of their eyes.

Once again, the mother of all waves delivered the goods and played a crucial role in the global equation. The Banzai Pipeline arena crowned a new world champion on the last day of the competitive season, in the dying heats of the year.

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Florence or Medina: who will win the 2017 WSL title?

There are only two surfers in contention to win the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) title: John John Florence and Gabriel Medina.

The Banzai Pipeline delivered fair wave riding conditions, in a dramatic day of competition that lost two world title hunters. Jordy Smith was eliminated from the event, and Julian Wilson is mathematically out of the discussion.

Bede Durbidge and Josh Kerr also enjoyed their last two heats as professional surfers in the Championship Tour (CT). Connor O'Leary is the 2017 Rookie of the Year.

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What is a ukulele?

It produces a characteristic sound that immediately takes us to tropical environments. The ukulele was born in Hawaii but has its roots in Western Europe.

The ukulele is a four-stringed musical instrument made from wood that resembles a small classical guitar.

English speakers pronounce it as "you-ka-ley-ley" but, in fact, the spelling of the word is an anglicized version of the original Hawaiian pronunciation "ju-ke-lei-li."

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Nico von Lerchenfeld has had the time of his life at Surf Snowdonia, in Wales. But he was not there to surf.

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