The World Champion John John Florence won another Vans Triple Crown of Surfing to cap off a wonderful 2016 season. John looked determined to win the Pipe Masters event, a win that has eluded him for several years. He had a solid performance throughout the Pipe Masters event and made it into the quarterfinals.
Florence faced off with Michel Bourez in Heat 2 of the quarterfinals. Bourez started off the heat with a bang and posted a 7.77 tube ride. John Florence followed after with a 7.33 ride of his own. He took the lead from Bourez after another 6.67 ride leaving Bourez needing 6.23 to take the lead back.
But Bourez would not be shaken by Florence; he completed another barrel ride with a great 8.77 score. Bourez guarded the lead and added another 8.43 ride, further extending his lead and leaving the World Champ in need of 9.21 to win. And so John tried to answer back immediately but got wiped out. He had two more attempts at a barrel but failed to complete a ride and therefore lost the heat, and another Pipe Masters title slipped from his hands.
Bourez went on to compete in the Semis and later on won the Pipe Masters event after a solid heat against Kanoa Igarashi. Although Florence failed to win the Pipe Masters event, he was able to win another Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Title by 200 points when Jordy Smith fell in a tightly contested quarterfinals heat 4 against Kanoa Igarashi.
Here is a replay of what went down in the Quarterfinals Heat 2 of the Billabong Pipe Masters:
This would be John John’s 3rd Triple Crown Title. He previously won in 2013 and 2011. Florence had a great year winning the Eddie, the 2016 World Championship Tour, and the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing all in one season. The champ definitely has a lot to celebrate in an epic year of competitive surfing despite some losses, injury and challenges he had along the way.
Here is what the final rankings of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing looks like after the Billabong Pipe Masters: