John John Florence

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John "John John" Alexander Florence
John John Florence (2013).jpg
Florence at the 2013 Triple Crown of Surfing
Personal information
Born (1992-10-18) October 18, 1992 (age 28)
Honolulu, Hawai'i
ResidenceHale'iwa, Hawai'i
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Websitewww.johnjohnflorence.com

John "John John" Alexander Florence (born October 18, 1992)[1][2] is an American professional surfer. He is known as "one of the most dominant pipe surfers of his era"[3] and won back-to-back world titles on the 2016 World Surf League and 2017 World Surf League Men's Championship Tour.[4] He is the first Hawaii-born surfer to win back-to-back world titles since the late Andy Irons and one of five to ever achieve the feat.[4]

Early life[edit]

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, as the oldest of his brothers, Ivan, Tal and Nathan Florence, Florence grew up in Hale'iwa in an ocean-side house at Banzai Pipeline. He was introduced to surfing by his mother, Alexandra, who is a surfer herself.[1][5] With his mother's help, Florence first rode on a surfboard when he was six-months old, and he was surfing on his own by the age of five.[1]

He was named after John F. Kennedy, Jr., who was dubbed "John John" by the media while his father was president.[6]

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 Banzai 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.[15]

In October 2014, he won the Quiksilver Pro France.[16] In February 2015, Florence won the 2015 Volcom Pipe Pro, which was his fourth win at this event in five years.[17][18]

In 2013, Florence changed sponsors, joining Hurley International, after surfing for O'Neill since he was six years old.[19] He also enjoys skateboarding, snowboarding and drawing.[1] On January 27, 2020, John John announced he would be leaving Hurley after Hurley's owner, Bluestar Alliance, walked back John John's contract and offered him a $2,000,000 buyout deal.[20]

He is now sponsored by: Stance, Futures, Nixon, Dakine, Clif Bar, Electric, Yeti and Pyzel surfboards.

On 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.[21] He is one of the only nine surfers who have won the event.[22] On October 25, 2016, Florence won the Meo Rip Curl Pro, in Portugal securing the WSL World Championship title. Florence was the first Hawaiian surfer in over a decade to win the title since Andy Irons last won it in 2004.[23]

After a dominating 2016 season, Florence continued to show a strong performance in the 2017 WSL season, alongside his new coach Ross Williams.[24] John John's strong performances all year long made him a clear favorite to take home top honors again. In December 2017, Florence clinched his second straight world title at Pipeline, coming in second in the event to Jeremy Flores.[25]

In December 2019, Florence qualified for the 2020 Olympics despite missing much of the 2019 World Surf League Men's Champion Tour due to an ACL injury.[26] Florence finished the 2019 WSL Tour ranking 7th after competing in 6 of the 11 events.[4]

In December 2020, Florence won the Pipe Masters 2020, beating Brazilian surfer Gabriel Medina in the finals.

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.[27][28][29][30][31] JJF received Surfer Poll 2013 Best Performance Award for his role in Done.[29][30][31]

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.[32][33][34][35][36][37] Begin Again received Surfer Poll 2013 Short of the Year Award.[28][29][30][31]

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 biography featuring Florence and his friends surfing around the world.[38][39] On November 11, 2015,View from a Blue Moon, the first surf film shot in 4k, premiered with seven screenings worldwide.[40]

The film was shot using aerial photography provided entirely by helicopters.[40]

Let's Be Frank

In 2016, Florence narrated the film Let's Be Frank, a rockumentary film based on big wave surfer, Frank Solomon.[41][42]

Twelve On July 8, 2016, Florence released the first episode of his series Twelve.[43] The series consists of 7 episodes, which were released approximately every month, about Florence's quest for the first world title of his career.[43]

Surfing results[edit]

Victories[edit]

WCT Wins
Year Event Venue Country
2021 Billabong Pipeline Masters Banzai Pipeline, Oahu  Hawaii
2019 Margaret River Pro Margaret River, Western Australia  Australia
2019 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Torquay  Australia
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 2018 2019
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast - 13th 13th 25th 13th 5th 3rd 25th 3rd
Rip Curl Pro - 9th INJ 3rd 13th 13th 3rd 13th 1st
Margaret River Pro - - - 13th 2nd 13th 1st 13th 1st
Rio Pro - 1st INJ 13th 9th 1st 13th 9th 5th
Corona Bali Protected - - - - - - - 13th 17th
Fiji Pro - 5th 3rd 5th INJ 5th 13th - -
J-Bay Open - - - 13th INJ 2nd 5th INJ INJ
Billabong Pro Teahupoo - 3rd 5th 3rd 13th 2nd 5th INJ INJ
Hurley Pro at Trestles 13th 5th 25th 2nd 25th 13th 3rd - -
Quiksilver Pro France 25th 3rd 5th 1st 5th 3rd 3rd INJ INJ
MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal 9th 5th 9th 3rd 13th 1st 5th INJ INJ
Billabong Pipeline Masters 5th 13th 2nd 5th 9th 5th 2nd INJ 5th
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 35th 5th
Earnings $47.250 $211.250 $117.500 $266.500 $131.500 $406.000 $181.250 $59.200 $268.500

Personal life[edit]

Florence is engaged to longtime girlfriend Lauryn Cribb.[44]

His brother, Nathan, competes on the Big Wave World Tour after qualifying in 2018.[45]

References[edit]

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