John John Florence

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John "John" Alexander Florence
Personal information
Born (1992-10-18) October 18, 1992 (age 26)
Honolulu, Hawai'i
ResidenceHale'iwa, Hawai'i
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight168 lb (76 kg; 12.0 st)
Websitewww.johnjohnflorence.com

John "John" Alexander Florence (born October 18, 1992)[1][2] is a Hawaiian professional surfer. He is known as "one of the most dominant Pipe surfers of his era"[3] and has most recently won the title of 2017 World Surf League Men's Champion,[4] thus naming him the best surfer in the world. He is the first Hawaii-born surfer to win back-to-back world titles since the late great Andy Irons.

Early life[edit]

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, as the oldest of three children, Florence grew up in Hale'iwa in an ocean-side house at Banzai Pipeline. He resides in a newly purchased house in Pupukea. He also has a second house with his mother, Alexandra, and his two younger brothers Nathan and Ivan in front of Off the Wall.[5] He was introduced to surfing by Alexandra, who is a surfer herself.[1][6] With his mother's help, Florence first rode on a surfboard when he was six months old,[1] and he was surfing on his own by the age of five.

Career[edit]

At the age of 13, standing at 4'11" and weighing 85 pounds, Florence became the youngest surfer ever to compete in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, which consists of three big-wave surfing contests in Hawaii.[2][7] He had previously won five amateur awards, the 2003 1st NSSA Nationals Open Mini Grom, the 2005 1st NSSA Nationals Open Boy's, the 2005 NSSA Open Boys and the Explorer Menehune Champion.[1] He did not pass the first round, but he did score higher than Shane Dorian, a professional surfer twenty years Florence's senior.[2] Afterwards, Florence said he was "pretty scared," but that he was "happy with how [he] did".[8] When Florence was still a youngster, pro surfer Kelly Slater said, "John John's going to know the waves on North Shore like no one we've ever seen before."[1]

Since joining the World Surf League (WSL) and competing against the best surfers in the world, Florence has ranked 34th in 2011, 4th in 2012, 10th in 2013, 3rd in 2014, and 14th in 2015. Florence was the 2016 WSL Champion.[9]

Florence won the prestigious SURFER POLL award in the 2014-2015 year.[10] He has won the Volcom Pipe Pro an astonishing 4 times and has been declared the all-time ruler of this contest.[11]

In 2011, Florence suffered a broken back while riding a wave at Pipeline.[12] He has also had a broken wrist, broken leg, broken arm and ankle ligament tear.[13]

According to surfer, Mitch Crews, who witnessed Florence's performance at the 2014 Billabong Pro Teahupoo, "He makes it look stupidly easily no matter how big or small the wave is. He is the man out there, rules the line up and makes everyone look silly. He is the man, and most of us are not."[14]

Florence won the Vans World Cup of Surfing in 2011 and 2013. He is the youngest contestant to have won this honor.

In October 2014, he won the Quiksilver Pro France.[15] In February 2015, Florence won the 2015 Volcom Pipe Pro, which was his fourth win at this event in five years.[16][17]

In 2013, Florence changed sponsors, joining Hurley International, after surfing for O'Neill since he was six years old.[18] He also enjoys skateboarding, snowboarding and drawing.[1]

He is now sponsored by: Hurley, Stance, Futures, Nixon, Dakine and Pyzel surfboards.

In February 25, 2016, Florence won "The Eddie" Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational in memory of Eddie Aikau, at Waimea Bay, the first time the event ran in seven years.[19] He is one of the only nine surfers who have won the event. On May 2016, he won the Oi Rio Pro, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. On October 25, 2016, Florence won the Meo Rip Curl Pro, in Portugal. With the elimination of surfers, Gabriel Medina at round three and Jordy Smith out at the semifinals, he clinched the world title. No one has clinched the title in Portugal, since Slater in 2011.

In December 2017, Florence clinched his second straight world title at Pipeline, coming in second in the event to Jeremy Flores.

Surfing films[edit]

Done

With videography by director Blake Vincent Kueny and premiering at the House of Vans, in Brooklyn, on February 23, 2013, Done, Florence's first surfing film, received Surfer Poll 2013 Movie of the Year Award.[20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27] JJF received Surfer Poll 2013 Best Performance Award for his role in Done.[22][23][24][25][26]

Departure Delayed, Free to Roam, Begin Again, Again, And Again

Released in 2013, Departure Delayed, Free to Roam, Begin Again, Again, And Again are five shorts from Florence.[28][29][30][31][32][33] Begin Again received Surfer Poll 2013 Short of the Year Award.[21][22][23][24][25][26]

View from a Blue Moon

Released on December 1, 2015, with videography by Blake Vincent Kueny, narration by John C. Reilly, and the track Seasick Dream by Jack Johnson, View from a Blue Moon is a bio pic featuring JJ and friends at surfing spots around the world.[34][35] On November 11, 2015, in association with Brain Farm, John's View from a Blue Moon, the first surf film shot in 4k, premiered with seven screenings worldwide:[36][37]

Aerial photography was provided entirely by helicopters, not drones.[37] Although the screening occurred on November 11, 2015, which was the day before the start of the 2015 Hawai'i International Film Festival (HIFF), it was not screened at HIFF which occurred November 12–22, 2015.[38]

Let´s Be Frank

In 2016, Florence narrated the film, "Let´s Be Frank". A film of the big wave surfer, Frank Solomon. The film follows the story of the main characters following some clues to figure what kind of person is Frank Solomon. Florence acts like some kind of antagonist narrating the events of the movie with a deeper voice than he has. The movie has been cataloged like not a traditional surf film.[39]

Twelve

On July 8, 2016, the first episode of this series was released. The series consists of 7 episodes, which are released approximately every month and includes Florence's quest for the first world title in his career.

The first episode shows scenes of Florence competing in the Quicksilver Big Wave Invitational also known as "The Eddie", event that took place on February 2016, which he won. It also includes scenes of the first events of the Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour that show him losing in the early rounds, promising that it will not happen anymore.

Surfing results[edit]

Victories[edit]

WCT Wins
Year Event Venue Country
2017 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Margaret River, Western Australia  Australia
2016 MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal Supertubos, Peniche  Portugal
2016 Oi Rio Pro Rio de Janeiro  Brazil
2014 Quiksilver Pro France Seignosse, Hossegor  France
2012 Billabong Rio Pro Rio de Janeiro  Brazil
WQS Wins
Year Event Venue Country
2016 Hawaiian Pro Haleiwa, Oahu  Hawaii
2015 Volcom Pipe Pro Banzai Pipeline, Oahu  Hawaii
2013 Volcom Pipe Pro Banzai Pipeline, Oahu  Hawaii
2012 Telstra Drug Aware Pro Margaret River, Western Australia  Australia
2012 Volcom Pipe Pro Banzai Pipeline, Oahu  Hawaii
2011 Van's World Cup Sunset Beach, Oahu  Hawaii
2011 Volcom Pipe Pro Banzai Pipeline, Oahu  Hawaii

WSL World Championship Tour[edit]

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast - 13th 13th 25th 13th 5th 3rd
Rip Curl Pro - 9th INJ 3rd 13th 13th 3rd
Margaret River Pro - - - 13th 2nd 13th 1st
Rio Pro - 1st INJ 13th 9th 1st 13th
Fiji Pro - 5th 3rd 5th INJ 5th 13th
J-Bay Open - - - 13th INJ 2nd 5th
Billabong Pro Teahupoo - 3rd 5th 3rd 13th 2nd 5th
Hurley Pro at Trestles 13th 5th 25th 2nd 25th 13th 3rd
Quiksilver Pro France 25th 3rd 5th 1st 5th 3rd 3rd
MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal 9th 5th 9th 3rd 13th 1st 5th
Billabong Pipeline Masters 5th 13th 2nd 5th 9th 5th 2nd
Oakley Pro Bali - - 9th - - - -
O'Neill Coldwater Classic - 25th - - - - -
Rip Curl Search 25th - - - - - -
Quiksilver Pro New York - - - - - - -
Rank 34th 4th 10th 3rd 14th 1st 1st
Earnings $47.250 $211.250 $117.500 $266.500 $131.500 $406.000 $181.250

References[edit]

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Achievements
Preceded by
Adriano De Souza
World Surf League Surfing World Champion (men's)
2016, 2017
Succeeded by
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