Reigning World Champ and world No. 1-ranked John John Florence is the 2017 World Surf League World Champion. "To win at home is my dream," said an overjoyed Florence. "It's been a nervous buildup, but it's so awesome!"
Florence's historic win came in front of a huge hometown crowd packing the beach Monday at the Billabong Pipe Masters. "I learned a lot about myself this year, with all the pressure," added Florence, still processing the moment, "Gabriel [Medina] is so good out there, the last couple heats have been pretty scary."
Medina's Quarterfinal loss to spoiler Jeremy Flores sealed the deal for the Hawaiian.
Stay tuned for a full recap following the finish of the Billabong Pipe Masters.