Stab Magazine | John John Florence Is The 2016 World Champion (And Rip Curl Pro Champ!)

'Wildcard - The Moana Jones-Wong Story' Premieres December 6

440 Views

John John Florence Is The 2016 World Champion (And Rip Curl Pro Champ!)

Conner Coffin Scores front row seat to World Champ celebration party.

news // Oct 26, 2016
Words by stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

Death, Taxes, and John John Florence as World Champ. Can you believe the 24-year-old Hawaiian Prince has finally, inevitably, secured his first (though surely not last) World Title in the wonderful sport of surf? 

While numerous scenarios were possible, the most simple and important one today was this: John John had to make the final, and finish one place ahead of Jordy Smith, to win the world title. 

Without hitting full throttle, John John eliminated Kolohe Andino from the semifinals, leaving Brother in need of a 9.37 with 45 seconds remaining. And that’s how it stayed. By doing this, he also officially removed the potential of Gabriel Medina gripping a world title for a second time. And, created a situation whereby Jordy Smith would have to win the contest to send the Title showdown to Pipe. “(The world title pressure) is definitely there, but after all this time of thinking about it and people talking about it, it’s kinda worn away,” said John afterwards. “I’m just here to make heats.” 

https://www.youtube.com/embed/shtbLfwECvw

Jordy Smith, for whom the silverware was not out of reach when he paddled out against Conner Coffin, had enjoyed the burlier conditions yesterday, having found a 10 for a wild, dark tub. But today was smaller, and Jordy, while staying busy, fell to Conner’s wave selection and late surge, which included a flat 9 for a deep barrel.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/ua-0Ss9yWZI

And just like that, John John Florence officially became the very best at the world’s most difficult sport.

“I honestly can’t even believe it right now, it hasn’t really sunk in,” he beamed. “I have so many people to thank for this. It’s been a long year, but it’s been one of the best years of my life. I’ve learnt a lot.

“I think it’s really gotta sink in… I was really expecting it to go to Hawaii. I was just gonna surf heats, and I’m still kinda stuck in that mode.

“Really, my whole life and everything I’ve done has gone to this.”

JJF Title

Following a brief interview and champagne shower, John went down to meet Conner in the water for the final. Conner, who was truly formidable in this event and deserved every single second of presence in the final, was little more than an extra in the Oscar-Worthy monologue scene that was John John winning the Rip Curl Pro as a first-time World Champ.

From the start, John wanted to jump. First (scoring) wave, a huge – but unmade – oop attempt. Second wave, a pivoted air reverse. Third wave, a lofted – and this time stomped – oop. Fourth wave, he flipped, but didn’t land.

At this point, Conner put himself back in the mix with a deep, deep barrel to hack for 8.60.

But then, John returned with another (even bigger) alley oop into foam hit for a 9.50. Conner never recovered, fittingly left needing an 8.08 (the Hawaiian area code is 808).

https://www.youtube.com/embed/T8zSLy6vpo4

And John John? Well…

“I don’t think I’m the best surfer in the world. Everyone surfs a little differently.”

Comments

Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up

Advertisement

Most Recent

Watch: Torrey Meister’s Gunslinging SEOTY Entry

"Bull-riding is such a great warmup for surfing big waves."

Dec 6, 2022

Guess Who Else Just Got Invited To The Vans Pipe Masters

3 more withdrawals, and 3 more exciting replacements.

Dec 6, 2022

21:04

‘Buying Double Cheeseburgers, Acting Like He’s Hit Some Sections Today’

RAGE 400 drops ft Noz, Chun, Creed, Vinny, Jel, Wado + others!

Dec 5, 2022

What’s Happening To Orange County’s Sand, And Is It Worsening The Waves At Lowers?

Read this to upgrade your understanding of your local beach break and coastal environment.

Dec 5, 2022

Here Are The 15 People Who Qualified For The 2023 CT

After seven events and much groveling, 10 men and 5 women will officially be CT…

Dec 3, 2022

An Ode To Aussie Chick Pros From The Nineties 

A celebration of stoicism, resilience, grit, core lordship, and unconditional love.

Dec 3, 2022

Update: John John Flushes Everyone Down The Haleiwa Toilet Bowl

And the CT qualifications for 2023 are set.

Dec 3, 2022

3:53

Riaru Ito Is Cooler Than His Cucumber Garden

Meet our passion pick for the Vans Pipe Masters.

Dec 2, 2022

5 New Surfers Confirmed For The Vans Pipe Masters

Who's out, who's in?

Dec 2, 2022

Unlocked: Kael Walsh, Rolo Montes, And Al Cleland Jr In ‘Saturn’

Quik’s new 20-minute surf film is so good you’ll want to burn a DVD of…

Dec 2, 2022

How Surfers Get Paid, Episode 4

The energy drinks are here. They’ve got millions of dollars, and they want your head.

Dec 2, 2022

‘Saturn’ Orbits Into Southern California

Quiksilver's newest film made landfall in Encinitas, and we were there to document the occasion.

Dec 1, 2022

The Vans Triple Crown Of Surfing Returns In 2023

Can anyone beat John Florence and Carissa Moore in a three-week window?

Dec 1, 2022

What Will Airs Look Like In 10 Years?

The final installment of our editorial exploration into the nuances of airborne surfing.

Dec 1, 2022

3:31

Can A South African Cavern Queen With No Pipeline Experience Do Well At The Vans Pipe Masters?

Sophie Bell will have a steep learning curve in Hawaii.

Nov 30, 2022

After Years Of Tragic Shark Attacks, Surf Competition Returns To Reunion Island — And A CT Event Could Follow

"We compete at J-Bay and Margarets where there's the same problem." -Johanne Defay

Nov 30, 2022

24:32

Sharing Tubes And Hummus In The Middle East’s Surfing Jewel: Israel

No Contest does Tel Aviv!

Nov 29, 2022

4:18

Joao Chianca Wants A Pipeline Rematch With JJF

And ain't afraid to ride more foam to do it in the Vans Pipe Masters.

Nov 29, 2022
Advertisement