He is known as “one of the most dominant Pipe surfers of his era” and has most recently won the title of 2016 World Surf League Men’s Champion, thus naming him the best surfer in the world. John John is the first Hawaiian champion since 3 times world champion Andy Irons.
Since joining the World Surf League (WSL) and competing against the best surfers in the world, Florence has ranked 34th in 2011, 4th in 2012, 10th in 2013, 3rd in 2014, and 14th in 2015. John John Florence is the 2016 WSL Champion
At the age of 13, standing at 4’11” and weighing 85 pounds, Florence became the youngest surfer ever to compete in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, which consists of three big-wave surfing contests in Hawaii. He had previously won five amateur awards, the 2003 1st NSSA Nationals Open Mini Grom, the 2005 1st NSSA Nationals Open Boy’s, the 2005 NSSA Open Boys and the Explorer Menehune Champion. He did not pass the first round, but he did score higher than Shane Dorian, a professional surfer twenty years Florence’s senior. Afterwards, Florence said he was “pretty scared” but that he was “happy with how [he] did”.
Florence won the prestigious SURFER POLL award in the 2014-2015 year