John John Florence Repeats as World Champion

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. He’ll now turn his focus to winning his first Pipe Masters — a trophy that’s eluded Florence, who grew up on the beach at Pipeline. “I still have some heats to surf, I’d love to win at Pipe.”

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