John John Florence

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The Portuguese Pipeline

Posted December 4, 2016 by Dan Fitzpatrick

Those in the surfing world expected the 2016 world title race to conclude at Pipeline, a wave on the North Shore of Oahu that breaks in John John Florence’s backyard. Instead Florence was able to clinch his first crown more than 7,000 miles away, in southwest Europe. It happened on a Portuguese wave named “Supertubos” that produces Pipeline-sized tubes and breaks close to the beach, just as Pipeline does. Portuguese photographer Ricardo Santos Luis was there in the port town of Peniche to witness what happened. (more…)

A Rivalry In The Making

Posted by Dan Fitzpatrick

John John Florence and Gabriel Medina turned pro the same year. Now each has a world title, and neither is older than 25. Those who follow pro surfing expect the rivalry between the Hawaiian and the Brazilian to define pro surfing over the next decade. Here is how the two stack up.

Editor’s Note – The Pipeline Issue

Posted by Dan Fitzpatrick

Fear. It’s a central part of the surfing experience, even if it’s seldom acknowledged. From pros to beginners, all who enter the water know what it’s like to encounter a situation beyond their abilities. We hope to overcome our jitters in that moment. But how? (more…)