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Throwbacks: John John Florence, J-Bay, 2006

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After winning the impromptu Billabong International Junior Showdown, 13-year-old John John Florence accepts a surfboard from 3x ASP World Champion Andy Irons. The then up-and-coming Hawaiian surfing prodigy had just topped Surfer Magazine’s Hottest 100 Groms of 2006. He was in J-Bay with his family shooting a documentary about their their lives with iconic cinematographer Sonny Miller. As for the board that Florence won that day? It was a custom Billabong design by Graham Smith, father to Jordy, and who's also known as Gee.

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