John John Florence and Kolohe Andino clashed early in their Semifinal match, nearly resulting in an interference call that could have proved costly. Kolohe got tangled on John's board while trying to paddle around him during a paddle battle. He went over the handlebars as a result. In the aftermath Andino was hoping the judges would ding Florence for a paddling interference, but because neither surfer had priority it was determined not to be a foul. In fact, Andino could have just as easily been tagged for his aggressive paddling over John.