Everything seemed to be going John John Florence's way. Earlier in the day he'd wrapped up his second World Title in front of his home crowd at his favorite wave. He was into the final and his scoreline was solid. He looked loose and unbeatable in the final where he was matched up against Jeremy Flores, who was left needing an 8.27 in the waning minutes.
But it was not to be, Jeremy found an improbable Backdoor runner with seconds remaining and got the score he needed, securing the Frenchman's very legit second Pipeline Masters Title, a trophy John John is still chasing to this day.