November 7, 2012
John John Florence is a Pipeline prodigy. Growing up on the North Shore, just steps away from the iconic wave and immersed in surf culture his entire life, John John has been groomed for surfing success and getting barreled at Pipeline is now his life’s work. The youngest ever Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Champion, John John took the trophy in 2011 at age 19, and now leads a new generation of professional surfers who are redefining progressive surfing in the most challenging waves in the world.
I’ve been lucky, growing up right on the beach at Pipe. Every year the whole surfing world comes to town and I’ve been watching and learning from that ever since I was little and it’s helped me out a lot. One memory that sticks out is Pat O’Connell getting a perfect 10 at Backdoor in the Pipe Masters. That was when I was really little. I think I was probably about eight years old and I remember being in the Johnson’s yard and Pat just getting this crazy, long barrel. And when Shea Lopez broke his leg, I was right there at the Vans house watching. That was heavy.
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