Sorry, your version of Internet Explorer is too old to view properly.

Why not try Chrome instead.



John John Florence wins Vans World Cup of Surfing

Finalists © ASP / Kirstin


Vans World Cup of Surfing

ASP Men's Prime event
Sunset Beach, North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii
25 November - 6 December 2011

Live Coverage  |  Results/Photos/Videos etc  |  Slideshow

Nineteen year old Florence grabs ASP Prime event at Sunset Beach

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 2 December, 2011 : - - Hawaii's John John Florence has stood on the sand here at Sunset Beach watching the crowning of surfing champions since he was 6-years-old. Today, at 19, he stood on the podium, having realized his childhood dream of winning the Vans World Cup at Sunset Beach, and taking the lead on the coveted Vans Triple Crown presented by Rockstar Energy Drink series ratings. It was an overwhelming victory for Florence, who surfed in his first Vans Triple Crown event at the tender age of 12.

Today was also a dream come true for the Vans family, who brought John and the Florences into the fold when he was eight years old. At that time they recognized a child with prodigious talent, a gentle nature, and a genuine appreciation for the ocean and the fortunate opportunities it represented. 

"Vans has a long tradition of family, from the Van Dorens to the Florences, and John has been part of our family since he first learned to surf," said Doug Palladini, Vans' VP of Marketing. "We are so proud of what John accomplished today, what he has done to live up to his potential this year, and we marvel at the possible impact he will ultimately have on surfing beyond his 19th year."

In the final, Florence led a spectacular tube-riding battle in perfect 10-foot surf against Michel Bourez (Tahiti, 2nd), Adam Melling (Australia, 3rd), and Hank Gaskell (Maui, 4th) to win $40,000. His two-wave heat total of 17 points (9.5, 7.5) eclipsed the field, leaving the other three in need of a two-wave combination of scores to overtake the lead.


John John Florence © ASP / Cestari  |  Slideshow


Florence began his Vans Triple Crown campaign two weeks ago at Haleiwa, where he placed fifth. The third and final leg of the Vans Triple Crown now awaits him on his home doorstep at Pipeline. The Billabong Pipe Masters will get underway on December 8. Florence began his 2011 campaign at the Banzai Pipeline in February, winning the 5-star Pipeline Pro. From there, he leapt off onto the global ASP tour with hopes of securing a berth among the elite Top 32. He has achieved that, now ranked 19th in the world.

"I'm having fun, I surf for a living and that's a dream in itself," said Florence. "This is my first 6 star Prime win, it's at home, it's one of my home breaks and all my family and friends are here, so it's one of the best moments of my life, for sure. It means everything. I've watched these guys since I was so little growing up here and coming to events when I was six years old, getting their autographs."

On the upcoming Pipe Masters: "I live right there at Pipe and I surf there almost every day in all conditions. Its going to be fun, for sure."

There was as much adrenaline on the beach as there was on the waves for the final. Sunset turned on like a giant wave machine, pumping out a succession of rides that saw every finalist get barreled. But Florence's performance was astounding; he covered an expansive lineup seemingly picking off waves at will with every one of them offering an impossible amount of tube time.


Adam Melling © ASP / Kirstin |  Slideshow


Bourez and Melling fought hard to catch him in the 30-minute final. At one point, Melling found himself inside a game-changer of a tube ride, traveling for more than 100 yards and disappearing for six seconds, but he failed to emerge through the curtain of whitewater. After his runner-up finish at Haleiwa, and his third here today, Melling is ranked second on the Vans Triple Crown ratings and will follow John John to Pipe.

"It would have been good to go one better than the last contest, but I guess that's how it is," said Melling, from Australia's Lennox Head. "But if there's barrels and John John's around I'm sure he's in them somewhere."

On his tube ride that was the longest of the final: "It wasn't that great! I didn't make it! But it would have been good. I was coming through it, I raced, and I got through one hard bit and then just into the next and it dropped out on me. I thought I had it there for a little bit. It would have been nice to come out of it.

"The Triple Crown means everything. Since I was young coming over here I've always wanted to win it, which would be amazing. Last year I did alright out at Pipe but I'm guessing this year's going to be a little bit different. I think it's going to be big Pipe. I'll have to get out there this week and get a bit of practice in."


Michel Bourez © ASP / Cestari  |  Slideshow


Bourez is the most successful Tahitian surfer in the 29-year history of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. A former champion of the Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa, his powerful surfing style is a natural fit for the North Shore's famous winter waves. Now rated third on the Vans Triple Crown rankings, and headed to Pipe, 2011 has seen him reach a new high.

"It's such a good feeling just to be on the stage right now, to have made the final with all the boys," said Bourez. "I'm just glad to be on tour and be in the final with them today.

"My first wave, oh my god, that was a bomb. Just right at the end I didn't make it and I thought if I made that one, it was close to a 10 maybe. To start the heat with a 10 would have put so much pressure on the others, but it didn't happen."

Fourth-placed Hank Gaskell is an underdog fairytale. A quiet achiever who doesn't travel on the tour, Hank lives for waves like those he rode at Sunset today. From the neighboring island of Maui, Gaskell found his way into the Triple Crown by virtue of winning the local Hawaii series this year. He made good on the opportunity and now gets his second wildcard to Pipeline.


Jordy Smith © ASP / Kirstin  |  Slideshow


"This is really special to me," Gaskell said. "I'm going to remember this for the rest of my life. I've never done this well in the Triple Crown before so I'm so happy to do this good and make a final. Now Pipe. I've got to get psyched for that. I think I'm ready. I've surfed in Pipe twice before, not in a few years tho so I'm really happy to be back in that event. I've had a little luck and put in a lot of hard work, so it's paying off. I'm proud of myself."

Brazil's Raoni Monteiro, the defending champion of this event, lost out in the semi-finals to Florence and Gaskell, placing equal 7th overall.

Florida's Evan Geiselman, 18, was eliminated in the round of 32 today but emerged as the JN Automotive Rookie of the Vans Triple Crown - a prestigious title that signals a stellar surfing future.

The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing presented by Rockstar Energy Drink is a three-event series staged on Oahu's North Shore. It is famous for its three equally challenging venues of Haleiwa, Sunset Beach and Pipeline that represent the ultimate test of a surfer's ability. To win the Vans Triple Crown is second only to winning the ASP World Title.


Dusty Payne © ASP / Kirstin  |  Slideshow


1st - John John Florence (HAW) 17.00pts, $40,000
2nd - Michel Bourez (PYF) 12.30pts, $20,000
3rd - Adam Melling (AUS) 11.96pts, $12,000
4th - Hank Gaskell (HAW) 11.53pts, $10,000
HEAT 1 : Michel Bourez (PYF) 12.03pts ; Adam Melling (AUS) 8.00 ; Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 7.60pts ; Dusty Payne (HAW) 4.60pts
HEAT 2 : John John Florence (HAW) 18.40pts ; Hank Gaskell (HAW) 14.50pts ; Adrian Buchan (AUS) 13.57pts ; Raoni Monteiro (BRA)  
HEAT 1 : Adam Melling (AUS) 12.86pts ; Michel Bourez (PYF) 11.33pts ; Evan Valiere (HAW) 7.16pts ; Nat Young (USA) 7.16pts
HEAT 2 : Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 17.83pts ; Dusty Payne (HAW) 17.50pts ; Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.16pts ; Travis Logie (ZAF) 6.16pts
HEAT3 : Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 14.77pts ; Hank Gaskell (HAW) 11.67pts ; CJ Hobgood (USA) 11.50pts ; Joel Centeio (HAW) 4.87pts
HEAT 4 : Adrien Buchan (AUS) 14.84 ; John John Florence (HAW) 14.23pts ; Ian Walsh (HAW) 13.37pts ; Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 9.43pts
HEAT 1 : Evan Valiere (HAW) 12.53pts ; Jordy Smith (ZAF) 11.40pts ; Jesse Mendes (BRA) 6.57 ; Jamie O'Brien (HAW) 6.50pts
HEAT 2 : Adam Melling (AUS) 14.84pts ; Dusty Payne (HAW) 9.97pts ; Heath Joske (AUS) 6.50pts ; Josh Kerr (AUS) 6.23pts
HEAT 3 : Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 12.90pts ; Michel Bourez (PYF) 8.47pts ; Kai Otton (AUS) 7.40pts ; Kieren Perrow (AUS)
HEAT 4 : Travis Logie (ZAF) 13.23pts ; Nat Young (USA) 10.77pts ; Evan Geiselman (USA) 8.30pts ; Taj Burrow (AUS) 6.94pts
HEAT 5 : CJ Hobgood (USA) 12.27pts ; Ian Walsh (HAW) 9.50pts ; Dane Gudauskas (USA) 8.66 ; Lincoln Taylor (AUS) 3.10pts
HEAT 6 : Joel Centeio (HAW) 13.54pts ; Adrian Buchan (AUS) 13.03pts ; Damien Hobgood (USA) 10.50pts ; Tonino Benson (HAW)
HEAT 7 : Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 14.26pts ; Hank Gaskell (HAW) 10.27pts ; Chris Davidson (AUS) 8.63 ; Sunny Garcia (HAW) 7.96pts
HEAT 8 : John John Florence (HAW) 16.33pts ; Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 12.83pts ; Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 11.67pts ; Dane Reynolds

Check the Full Results



Current One World Ratings after the Vans World Cup

1 Slater,Kelly  USA 64200
2 Wright,Owen  AUS 49650
3 Burrow,Taj  AUS 48450
4 Parkinson,Joel  AUS 48100
5 De Souza,Adriano BRA 45900
6 Smith,Jordy ZAF 45600
7 Medina,Gabriel  BRA 44220
8 Wilson,Julian  AUS 43945
9 Flores,Jeremy  FRA 38570
10 Muniz,Alejo  BRA 38050
11 Kerr,Josh  AUS 37370
12 Bourez,Michel PYF 35600
13 Hobgood,Damien  USA 34570
14 Fanning,Mick  AUS 30600
15 Buchan,Adrian  AUS 30530
16 Alves,Heitor  BRA 30145
17 Pupo,Miguel  BRA 30055
18 Durbidge,Bede  AUS 29450
19 Florence,John John HAW 29355
20 Knox,Taylor  USA 26450
21 Monteiro,Raoni  BRA 25660
22 Simpson,Brett  USA 25650
23 Melling,Adam  AUS 25450
24 Andino,Kolohe  USA 25245
25 Perrow,Kieren  AUS 25000
26 Payne,Dusty  HAW 24505
27 Pires,Tiago  PRT 24450
28 Andre,Jadson BRA 23640
29 Wilkinson,Matt  AUS 23600
30 Gudauskas,Patrick  USA 23020
31 Hobgood,C.J. USA 22300
32 Patacchia,Fredrick HAW 22120
33 Logie,Travis ZAF 21775
34 Otton,Kai  AUS 21650
35 Cardoso,Willian  BRA 19815
36 Davidson,Chris  AUS 19250
37 Camarao,Thiago BRA 18810
38 Nicol,Yadin AUS 18200
39 Mendes,Jesse  BRA 18185
40 Gudauskas,Tanner USA 17660
41 Quinn,Jay  NZL 15875
42 Ross,Daniel  AUS 15700
43 Christie,Richard  NZL 15585
44 Reynolds,Dane  USA 14620
45 Faria,Junior  BRA 14510
46 Whitaker,Tom AUS 14500
47 Atkinson,Dion  AUS 14015
48 Bettero,Hizunome  BRA 13355
49 Young,Nat  USA 13320
50 Lopez,Cory  USA 12650

Check the Full Ratings

The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing presented by Rockstar Energy Drink is made possible by Vans, Rockstar Energy Drink, Reef, Billabong, Nixon, Skullcandy Supreme Sound, Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaii Tourism, GoPro, Turtle Bay Resort, State Farm, JN Automotive Group, Wavejet Propulsion, Climb On Products, Clif Bar, Oceanic Time Warner Cable, Road Runner, Flo Water,, SURFING Magazine, and the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP).

Check the Live Coverage 



The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing presented by Rockstar Energy Drink is made possible by Vans, Rockstar Energy Drink, Reef, Billabong, Nixon, Skullcandy Supreme Sound, Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaii Tourism, GoPro, Turtle Bay Resort, State Farm, JN Automotive Group, Wavejet Propulsion, Climb On Products, Clif Bar, Oceanic Time Warner Cable, Road Runner, Flo Water,, SURFING Magazine, and the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP).

Previous reports:
# 1 :
Intense conditions for Vans World Cup of Surfing Day 1
# 2 :
Sunset plays tough on Day 2 of the Vans World Cup
# 3 : Bombs turn Vans World Cup of Surfing into battlefield

Survey: Map Surfing’s future 

Check the latest Hawaii Surf Reports and Forecasts
More Hawaiian & USA Surfing News available here

B2B News ASBE-Surf   |  Receive News-Alerts

Jodi Wilmott/Ocean Promotions

ASP Prime Contests - Surfersvillage


Latest photos


Follow us and sign up to our daily newsletter