John John Florence won the Quiksilver Pro France, beating the Brazilian Jadson Andre in the final. The two front-runners in the race for the world title, Kelly Slater and Gabriel Medina, lost in quarters.
The 21-year-old Hawaiian deserved his victory. Amazingly, it’s only his second since he came onto the tour. He humiliated Mick Fanning on Saturday morning with the only 10 point ride of the event, scoring a 19.90 in the heat. Then he beat Kolohe Andino in quarters and Josh Kerr in semis. In the heart of the crowd on the beach, everybody wanted John John to win. For the final, JJ was again unstoppable against Jadson Andre. His ability to place himself in the biggest barrels was his strength during the whole event.