Hawaii's John John Florence repeats as surfing world champion
Current surfing world No. 1 John John Florence from Haleiwa repeated as world champion Monday in the Billabong Pipe Masters.
HALEIWA, Hawaii - A hana hou for a Haleiwa-native.
Hawaii's John John Florence successfully defended his surfing World Championship on Monday.
For the first time since the late Andy Irons in 2004, a surfer from Hawaii has won back-to-back world titles.
Florence locked up his crown in the quarterfinals of this year's Pipe Masters, the final stop on the 2017 World Tour.
He bested Julian Wilson with a 17.60 combined score. Then, he watched and waited.
John John entered with a 3,100 point lead over Brazil's Gabriel Medina.
Medina, in the Pipe Masters quarterfinal heat after John John needed to win-out to survive this year's world title race.
Gabriel Medina fell to Jeremy Flores by 6.72, giving Florence the 2017 World Title.
"I just saw him in the final, I was like "oh haha thank you," it was pretty funny cause it was a similar situation last year, he beat Gabriel in round three in Portugal which took Gabriel out of the title race and then he did it again here. But it was really fun surfing the final, it was nerve wracking he got that score in the end but I felt I did everything I could do and it was out of my control at that point," Florence said.
Jeremy Flores said he hated being the deciding factor in this year's title race, eliminating surfers from contention. He says the way the sport is supposed to be, is full of good vibes.
Oahu's north shore celebrated Hawaii's world champ with lots of good vibes on Monday, with music and partying through the night.
Video courtesy: Spectrum Surf Channel