Hawaii's John John Florence Wins 2019 Margaret River Pro
Florence's victory secures his hold at World No. 1, which he has maintained since winning the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach earlier this year.
Hawaii's John John Florence won the Margaret River Pro on Monday, the fourth stop on the 2019 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour at Main Break.
The win marks Florence's second event title this year. He took down Kolohe Andino in the final.
Florence's victory secures his hold at World No. 1, which he has maintained since winning the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach earlier this year. The two-time WSL Champion, and now two-time event winner, increases his lead over the men's field with event runner-up Andino in second (5,740 points behind) and Italo Ferreira (BRA) in third (6,595 points behind). This is Florence's seventh CT victory and second this season after returning from a knee injury that kept him sidelined from a majority of the 2018 season.
"I still think it's pretty early in the year though anything can happen. I'm just having fun right now, stoked to be back on tour, back competing, just surfing and having fun again", said John John when asked about his success so far this season.
In the women's draw, Lakey Peterson took top prize in Western Australia. Peterson beat former Kauai-resident Tatiana Weston-Webb in the final heat.
Hawaii's Carissa Moore fell to Peterson in the semifinals and finished with a 3rd place finish at this year's Margaret River Pro.
The 2019 WSL CT will now travel to Brazil for the Oi Rio Pro. The competition window opens June 20, 2019, and runs through June 28.