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Published on February 4th, 2015 | by pacificmedia

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John John takes another victory at the Volcom Pipe Pro

Volcom Pipe Pro

World Surf League QS 3000
Banzai Pipeline, Oahu Hawaii
29 January – 8 February 2015

Florence claims his fourth Volcom Pipe Pro crown

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 2 February, 2015 – Pipeline – John John Florence has won his fourth Volcom Pipe Pro title in five years, defeating Mason Ho, Kelly Slater and Sebastian Zietz in highly technical, 6-to-8 foot Backdoor. Slater is the only surfer to have interrupted John’s streak, winning here last year.

Florence, 22, had the 35-minute Final in the bag within the first seven minutes, posting wave scores of 9.2 and 8.43 for the highest heat score of the entire event — 17.63 out of 20. Florence and Slater, 42, had been the pair to beat here from the outset, pushing each other round for round and flip-flopping on highest wave and heat scores along the way.

A whipping 25mph side-offshore wind helped keep the Backdoor barrels and aerial opportunities open, but presented major challenges in the form of wave face chop.


Sebastian Zietz, Kelly Slater, John John Florence, Mason Ho © Reed/Volcom

 

Ho drew first blood in the final with a beautiful barrel for 8.6 points, but his dreams fell apart the minute Florence hit his stride. Florence seemed to read the conditions and rising swell lines with ease, tapping into his lifetime of local knowledge to leave his challengers chasing him. By the end of the heat, Slater found himself in a rare combination situation, needing two much higher scores than any he was carrying to catch Florence. Zietz met a similar end. Ho found one last tube, but fell short of the win with a 7.3.

“This-morning it was really fun, the wind was pretty clean and just really long, little barrels,” said Florence. “Then the wind picked up and started putting this chop in it and it made it really, really difficult out there. But it was so fun. It was just whoever was in the spot for the good double ups.

“Getting two scores in the beginning of a heat that’s 35 minutes long, you sit for so long… like, oh my God, I’ve got 20 minutes here to just think about it (laughs)!

“Going into the this year it’s going to be a fun one. I come in with a lot of confidence out of last year, knowing I can make the heats and do really good. I’m just going to go into this year thinking the same kind of thing and hopefully it comes down to the end of the year out here at Pipe. It would be awesome. That’s my dream come true – to win a world title out here at Pipe. I couldn’t ask for anything more.”


Mason Ho © Reed/Volcom

 

Slater posted the only perfect 10 of the event in this-morning’s Quarter Final for a super long, deep and weaving barrel ride. It earned him the “Electric Perfect 10″ Award of the competition. He also won the inaugural Todd Chesser Hard Charger Sportsmanship Award, in honor of a much-loved North Shore big wave rider who passed away charging big waves on Feb. 13, 1997.

“Todd was one of my great friends, we were all devastated by his passing,” said Slater. “What Todd meant to us was he exemplified a guy who was totally fit and driven to charge and go surf big waves all the time. He pushed all of us. Todd’s pretty much a part of our every day life still. We have a get together every Thanksgiving for him, there’s probably not a week that goes by that we somehow don’t have a conversation about Todd and it’s been 18 years since he passed away.”

As members of the World Surf League’s (WSL) elite Top 34, Florence, Slater and Zietz now turn their attention to the start of the 2015 Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour that gets underway in Australia on February 28. The World Title will be decided in December back here at the Pipe Masters.


Kelly Slater © Reed/Volcom

 

RESULTS:
1st – John John Florence (HAW) 17.63 (9.2, 8.43) – $16,000 – 3000 QS points
2nd – Mason Ho (HAW) 15.9 (8.6, 7.3) – $10,000 – 2250 QS ratings points
3rd – Kelly Slater (Florida, USA) 0.0 (6.7, 2.3) – $4,750 – 1680 QS points
4th – Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 8.47 (7.0, 1.47) – $4,250 – 1580 QS points

Semi Finals:
H1: JJ Florence (HAW) 13.4; S Zietz (HAW) 13.33; E Lau (HAW) 12.8; I Walsh
H2: K Slater (USA) 8.76; M Ho (HAW); K Andino (USA) 2.6; M Ohno (JPN) 1.9

Quarter Finals:
H1: S Zietz (HAW) 12.1; E Lau (HAW) 10.9; A Aranburu (ESP) 7.9; I Gouveia
H2: JJ Florence (HAW) 14.83; I Walsh (HAW) 13.2; K David (HAW) 4.47; M Bruneau
H3: K Slater (USA) 17.33; K Andino (USA) 15.1; H Gaskell (HAW) 6.07; B Toth
H4: M Ho (HAW) 8.6; M Ohno (JPN) 6.4; CJ Hobgood (USA) 5.97; K Jaquias

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