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Florence Passes Pressure to Smith With Round One Win

John John Florence takes on Ian Gouveia and local wildcard Dale Staples in Round One Heat 6 of the Corona Open J-Bay, and puts on a clinic.

Jordy gets in a quick per comp surf. Florence has placed some heavey pressure on Jordy Smith thanks to his defeat of wildcard Dale Staples in Round One. Smith and Staples are due for a Round Two death match. WSL / Steve Sherman

It was a big win for Florence, who up until this point was 0-3 against wildcard Dale Staples. Staples is a J-Bay local who's very comfortable in this lineup. By defeating him, Florence has now placed added pressure on No. 3 ranked Jordy Smith. Smith was edged by a very determined looking Conner Coffin in Heat 5 of Round One, which means he's now facing a sudden death match with Staples in the first heat of Round Two. Basically, Smith has drawn the one guy with more lineup experience than himself. This could get interesting.

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