John John Florence On Rehab And Darkrooms

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John John Florence on the Gold Coast of Australia. Photo: ASP

John John Florence On Rehab And Darkrooms

After injuring his ankle in February during an ill-fated air attempt during a Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast expression session, 2nd year ASP World Tour surfer John John Florence has been out of the water and rehabbing his ankle. For a guy who lives and breathes to surf, being dry-docked is an absolute nightmare. We caught up with Mr. Florence from his house on the North Shore of Oahu to check in on him, make sure he’s okay, and not totally losing his marbles.—Justin Coté

TransWorld SURF: Good morning!

John John Florence: Good morning Mr. Office Guy.

Are you in an office as well? How’s your office today?

It’s great, really nice. I have coffee and all.

Wonderful. Did your mom make it for you?

No, I made it but she told me it was too bitter.

Let’s get down to business here.

What’s this interview about?

This interview is about your ankle. And there will be some other things, it’s not going to be all Debbie downer stuff, it’s going to be good.

Okay…

So, first things first. How is the ankle coming along? Everyone wants to know…

It’s coming along really well and healing pretty fast. I’ve seriously been getting therapy on it every day.

Where do you do that?

I’ve been working with this guy Mark Kazuki from California. He’s helping Freddy [Patacchia] too and came over here to work with us. So yeah, I’ve been going back and forth between here and California and trying to not watch perfect Pipeline in April.

Don’t look to the left and you’ll be fine [John lives within a stones throw from the Banzai].

Yeah, it hasn’t been easy.

So have you been in hyperbaric chambers and all that futuristic stuff?

Yeah there’s one here on the North Shore and I’ve been there a few times. I guess it works, but I’m trying everything—I’m so anxious to get back in the water.

What was harder for you to watch; perfect Pipeline in April or the Bells WCT event?

I was in California for the beginning of April when we got those swells, but I was talking to Koa Rothman who broke his collarbone snowboarding and he said watching Pipe on those days from my house was the worst thing ever. That wasn’t too bad until I got home and saw my brother Nathan’s waves on video—then I got jealous. As far as Bells, that was pretty hard to watch too because the waves were really good. It seemed like I couldn’t get away from watching it.

Speaking of the ASP World Tour, are you going to be able to go to Brazil and defend your Billabong Pro Rio title?

Umm, hopefully. I really want to, and that’s my goal right now.

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