One of the biggest questions coming into the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach was whether or not Jeep Leader John John Florence would be able to maintain the incredible pace he had set in Western Australia. Florence made history in Margaret River by racking up a flurry of near-perfect heats.
While Florence opened strong in his Round One heat at Winkipop with a nice 8.5, veteran battler Jeremy Flores responded by taking John the distance. With just over one minute to go Flores grabbed the lead. But the moment that score was being announced Florence was taking off on his cleanest opportunity of the match, and he went to work on it. He earned this 9.03 for the effort, giving him a total of 17.20 points for the win.