If current WSL Champ John John Florence is feeling any of the residual effects of a post-World Title hangover, he's not showing it. "I feel better, the pressure is off," he said when asked about the pressure to repeat. "I can surf how I want now."
After shaking off a to-be-expected Round One malaise, Florence's motivation, surfing and equipment look to have returned to last season's levels. Back in the spotlight is his amazing pocket awareness, a bevy of full-rail carves and that cricket-wicket quickness.