The 2016 World Champion John John Florence is not done claiming victories yet. He has returned to his home turf to win yet another remarkable victory at the Hawaiian Pro, the first stop of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, which also runs as a World Surf League Qualifying Series (QS) 10,000 event.
The final heat was one of the toughest there was around in competitive surfing where John John Florence (HAW) managed to break a tie with Frederico Morais (PRT) for the first place finish. Marc Lacomare (FRA) and Adrian Buchan (AUS) finished third and fourth respectively.
Florence looked unstoppable and has shown more focus and determination than ever. The Finals at the Hawaiian Pro started with Florence going for the first of a three-wave set that appeared on the horizon where he took off on a 6.83 ride. On the succeeding waves, Morais and Lacomare took off and both secured 8.33’s. The 35-minute Final heat saw the four surfers going wave after wave with Florence securing the lead with his second wave score of 8.83 with less than 20 minutes remaining in the heat.
But Morais was not letting it go down without a fight, He patched up his first 8.33 wave score with a 7.33 second wave score making his total heat score 15.66 to tie with Florence for the first place. The tie was broken with Florence’s best counting wave score being higher than that of Morais. It was a big win in a very tight competitive surfing final heat. This win positions Florence in the lead for the Vans Triple Crown Title.
Florence had a great year looking back from the beginning of 2016. He made the Quarterfinal at the Volcom Pipe Pro, Then he took the win at the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau. Then he won at the Oi Rio Pro, took 2nd place at the J-Bay Open and the Billabong Pro Tahiti. He clinched the World Title and the event win recently at the Meo Rip Curl Pro Portugal and eventually won the Hawaiian Pro.
Now the rest of the world is closely watching what is the next win for John John Florence. Will he win another Triple Crown Title?
Watch the Final Heat of the Hawaiian Pro Below: