About John John Florence
John John Florence is one of only five surfers in Men’s Championship Tour history to clinch his first two World Titles in back-to-back fashion. Mark Richards, Tom Carroll, Tom Curren, and the late Andy Irons are the only other members of that elite club.
The mild-mannered prodigy from the North Shore of Oahu has been living in the public’s eye since the age of eight when he first paddled out at Pipeline, his backyard break that just happens to be the most famous wave in the world. By 12 he’d mastered a wide variety of ocean conditions and his breadth of ocean knowledge was compounded by the nurturing of North Shore sages, giving Florence all the evolutionary tools needed to become the best surfer in the world.
With their help, he navigated the pitfalls of early fame with humility, style, and honesty, and delivered under the heavy weight of high expectations. He remains, at his core, a performer first and foremost, with an insatiable appetite for progression. The only weakness in his surfing is making the impossible look too easy. And while it took a few years for him to sync his style to the demands of the Championship Tour, his love of the game kept growing. The process of pushing himself as a competitor, artist, and innovator is what drives him.
His deep love of sailing is only enhancing his ocean knowledge, and his film projects are an ever-expanding creative side hustle. In 2020 he plugged the one glaring hole in his CV by winning the Billabong Pipe Masters crown, held in his front yard.
Since that back-to-back World Title though Florence’s vertical ascent to the top has been decelerated by a series of injuries. In mid-2019, having won two events and sitting top of the CT rankings, Florence ruptured his cruciate ligament. He didn’t surf until the final event at Pipe where despite still not being fully fit, he did enough to make the Semifinals and secure his spot for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games.
His presence at the Games was put in jeopardy by yet another knee injury sustained at the Margaret River Pro in 2021. Determined to make surfing’s debut at the Olympics, Florence dedicated his every waking moment to rehabilitation and declared his availability to represent Team USA in Tokyo just weeks before the start.
His presence however meant he couldn’t compete in the rest of a truncated WSL season, and although he missed the inaugural WSL Finals, he did secure his CT place for the following year. At the back end of 2021, the Hawaiian returned to full fitness and stated his desire to go full tilt for a third World Title in 2022.
Men's CT 2023#12
Avg. heat score10.00
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John John Florence
John John Florence
First season2008 Men's QS
Age30 Oct 18, 1992
Height6 ft, 2 in 186 cm
Weight174 lbs 79 kg
HometownNorth Shore, Oahu, Hawaii