John John Florence
|John John Florence
|Born||John John Florence
October 18, 1992
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A
|Sponsors||Hurley, Pyzel Surfboards, Monster, Stance, Nixon, Spy|
The oldest of three children, Florence grew up in Hale'iwa, in an ocean-side house at Banzai Pipeline. He resides with his mother, Alexandra, and his two younger brothers Nathan and Ivan. He was introduced to surfing by Alexandra, who is a surfer herself. Florence claims he rode a surf board at the age of six months, wearing a life vest on his father John's board; he was riding on his own by the age of three. He is known now for his spectacular tube riding and aerial abilities.
Florence became well known in the winter of late 2005 and early 2006 when he became the youngest surfer ever to compete in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. 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. He did not pass the first round, but he did score higher than Shane Dorian, a professional surfer twenty years Florence's senior. Afterwards, Florence said he was "pretty scared" but that he was "happy with how [he] did".
Surfer Kelly Slater has said of Florence "John John's going to know the waves on North Shore like no one we've ever seen before." Singer Jack Johnson, who grew up in the same town as Florence, said he is "a little unprecedented".
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."
Florence won the Vans World Cup of Surfing in 2011 and 2013. He is the youngest contestant to have won this prestigious honor. Most recently, Florence changed sponsors, joining Hurley International, after surfing for O'Neill since he was six years old.
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