North shore, Oahu (HawaiiNewsNow) – John John Florence couldn't become the first Hawaiian to win the Pipeline Masters, instead, at age 19, he had to settle for becoming the youngest surfer to ever capture the Vans Triple Crown.
Florence dominated his back yard during the three competitions (5th at Reef Hawaiian Pro, 1st at Vans World Cup, 5th at Pipeline) and pocketed a brand new watch and 10 thousand dollars for his efforts.
"I really can't believe this has happened, winning the Triple Crown has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember," said Florence. "It's been a really fun year, getting to compete on the ASP Tour and learning from a lot of the guys out here. To win at Pipe in my backyard with close friends and family watching is such an incredible way to finish the tour."
With the Triple Crown win, John John joins other Triple Crown legends such as Kelly Slater, Andy Irons, Sunny Garcia and Derek Ho, making him a serious threat to take the 2012 world title.
"This kid is a phenom, and with his confidence riding high, there's no limit to what he can do," said Toby Bost, CEO, O'Neill Clothing USA. "Team O'Neill will be a force in 2012."