John Florence Wins The 2011 Volcom Pipe Pro

Sure, we all knew Damien Hobgood was part of a twin duo that could bend like Gumby to make it through any backside barrel ever. But geez, he was just putting it all on the line today. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Sure, we all knew Damien Hobgood was part of a twin duo that could bend like Gumby to make it through any backside barrel ever. But geez, he was just putting it all on the line today. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

The 2011 Volcom Pipe Master (and 2011 Da Hui Backdoor Shootout winner, too), Mr. John Florence—yes, address him as Mister from now on. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

The 2011 Volcom Pipe Pro victor (and 2011 Da Hui Backdoor Shootout winner, too), Mr. John Florence—yes, address him as Mister from now on. Congrats Mister Florence. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

“When there’s surf, you surf,” the venerable Gerry Lopez said in the morning when things looked unsure of how far into the day the event would run. This was supposed to be a dying swell, and there’s supposed to be swell coming over the weekend and next week. But boy did Gerry’s adage prove to be gold—Pipe and Backdoor spat out perfection all day, and as the day wore on it continued to get even better, forcing contest organizers to actually wrap it up today. “The Pipeline came through like a champ for us in this event,” Gerry ended the day saying.

And a person who reaped the rewards more than any was John Florence. The eighteen-year-old won every one of his five heats over the past two days at Pipeline. His lowest heat score of those five was his first, an 11.63—his highest an 18.66 in round 4 when he had the field comboed within four minutes. The kid (err, young man) won the Da Hui Backdoor Shootout just three weeks to the day. “It’s super fun, pretty perfect. There’s lots of waves today, but you’ve gotta be a bit picky with them,” John said after one of those heat victories. “I’m just psyched on getting to surf Pipe with just four guys out. It’s satisfaction to get two out here in a row. I love doing it and putting it all together and just having fun.”

Great to finally see a great Pipe charger, and all around good guy, Aamion Goodwin make a final at Pipe. Good on ya Aamion! Photobrent/SPL

Great to finally see a great Pipe charger, and all around good guy, Aamion Goodwin make a final at Pipe. Good on ya Aamion! Photobrent/SPL

Ola Eleogram tickling the ceiling—and looking like he's damn well enjoying it. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Ola Eleogram tickling the ceiling—and looking like he's damn well enjoying it. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

You can barely make out the surfer, but that technique on a Backdoor drop-in means it could only be one person: Bruce Irons. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

You can barely make out the surfer, but that technique on a Backdoor drop-in means it could only be one person: Bruce Irons. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

And get his second Pipeline win John did. If there’s any doubt in your mind whether or not John Florence will one day (probably sooner than later) be an official Pipe Master, then shame on you. Even Jamie O’Brien’s deep, more-than-vertical drops weren’t enough to take on John today—John’s drops were steeper, deeper, and with a bit more flair as well. It just seemed to all come together at every moment for John.

John’s 9.93 in the final was a complete under the lip take off, fully barreling him while he was in the process of setting his rail. John comboed Wardo and Aamion at one point in the final. It wasn’t even a heat really, it was just John surfing the spot he’s grown up surfing his entire life. And right now he’s the best one out there.—Ryan Brower

Check out day 1′s action here.

Check out day 2′s action here.

-FINAL-

1. John John Florence (HAW) – 18.36, $16,000

2. Jamie O’Brien (HAW) – 15.34, $8,000

3. Chris Ward (USA) – 14.46, $6,000

4. Aamion Goodwin (HAW) – 10.6, $5,000

"Hey Dane, so yeah, your hair is strangely Dutchboyish. Do you have special dimensions for your boards?" "No Marcus, my hair actually creates better aerodynamics while trying to make it through tunnels."

"Hey Dane, so yeah, your hair is strangely Dutchboyish. Do you have special dimensions for your boards?" "No Dylan, my hair actually creates better aerodynamics while trying to make it through tunnels." Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Pipe and Backdoor sure did their best attempt today at blocking out the horizon. Marcus Hickman. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Pipe and Backdoor sure did their best attempt today at blocking out the horizon. Marcus Hickman. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Makuakai Rothman earning his 17th with this fanged beauty. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Makuakai Rothman earning his 17th with this fanged beauty. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

No, Marcus Hickman (red jersey, and the lifter) and Leanardo Bastos (white jersey, and the liftee) weren't trying to tandem surf in their quarterfinals heat. They were awarded with a double-interference for the non-attempt anyways. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

No, Marcus Hickman (red jersey, and the lifter) and Leanardo Bastos (white jersey, and the liftee) weren't trying to tandem surf in their quarterfinals heat. They were awarded with a double-interference for the non-attempt anyways. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Kalani Chapman received the Todd Chesser Memorial Spirit Award from Todd's mother Jeannie. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Kalani Chapman received the Todd Chesser Memorial Spirit Award from Todd's mother Jeannie. Photo: Bielmann/SPL


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