John John Wins Back to Back Titles at the Pipe Pro!

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John John Florence wins the 2012 Volcom Pipe Pro. Photo: JC - Transworld Surf

Congrats to John John, Jaime O’Brien, Kai Barger and Nate Yeomans for one of the best finals Pipeline has seen. Jaime O’Brien looked to shut the door on the rest of the pack early on with a 9.0 on his first wave and an 8.33 for a follow up in the first 5 minutes.

Jaime had three 9+ rides in the heat and had the field combo’d. Kai Barger battled wave for wave with Jaime and paced him nearly wave for wave with an 8.87 and a 9.3. Jaime’s third 9+ wave was a 9.93 that put Kai back in combo land, but not before John John caught a picture perfect Pipe barrel and scored a perfect 10.

With his high 9’s, Jaime knew John John was his only threat and with two minutes to go he shadowed John John. With the surf apparently going flat, John John congratulated Jaime in the water… until he spied a bump coming his way.

Before Jaime saw what was happening John John bolted, first going for the left then changing to the right where he dropped into a backdoor barrel and scored a 9.93 to bump Jaime out of the top spot as the horn sounded the end of the 2012 Volcom Pipe Pro! Epic! Special thanks to Transworld Surf/Brian Bielmann/JC for the photos!

Photo: Bielmann/SPL

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