Exclusive: John John Florence


John John Florence is cursed.
Cursed by all the terrible possibilities that face a prodigy of his mould. Possibilities like world domination. His style is totally raw and uncoached! Can you believe it? He learnt it all on the North Shore, too, felt it out on the sand of Ehukai, then took it over to the reef at Pipe. And the skating helped, especially with the tech. ?He?s so comfortable being upside and inverted from skateboarding that it?s difficult to even comprehend what he?s doing,? says fellow WT-rookie, Kolohe Andino. ?He?s so technical and comfortable in such awkward positions.? John just won the Billabong Pro, Rio via a collection of dazzling moments, like dragging his kicker through an impossibly small backside barrel, a frontside tube-to club sandwich combo and the event?s biggest air (a backside full-rote). With one Triple Crown in the bag (probs more to come) and a maiden WT victory freshly in pocket,John John?s on track to be Hawaii?s best-ever surfer. When Stab dialled, John John was in California before heading home for a week then flying into Tavarua (amazingly, for his first-ever trip to Fiji). We discussed not being in control of heats, a preference for backside airs and being (happily) made to stay in Rio for celebrations. –stab

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