The idea of getting away seems a tad odd for people whose livelihood lies in sharing the best waves on the planet with no more than three other people at a time. I hardly doubt the reality of just how cool that is ever gets lost on a guy like John John Florence though. This is all to say, I don’t imagine the man ever paddles out during a heat in Tahiti and says, “Dude, this sucks.” But many blessings can be curses too, right? Riding a wave during a heat has far less freedom and exponential levels of stress in comparison to surfing for the heck of it. And traveling the world for work, adhering to 24/7 schedules and hardly having a moment to lay in a familiar bed is wildly different from traveling for pleasure. Everything in life is different, even surfing, when it’s how you pay the bills.
So one would have to imagine that even JJF has to take a few days away from his real world every once in a while to recharge. No schedules, no wake up calls, no changing flight itineraries and layovers. And the surfing – when you want, where you want and how you want.
“You have no choice but to be present,” Florence says about his time sailing through the Hawaiian Islands between World Tour stops. “And it makes you forget about everything else that’s going on. It’s almost meditation in a way, because you’re not tied to a schedule, you’re not tied to timing. You can take as long as you want to get somewhere. That’s the fun. That’s the freedom of it.”
So here is what a little bit of downtime with John John Florence looks like, pairing surfing with something else he’s passionate about: sailing. It’s still nonstop traveling, just on his time. And it looks amazing.
Editor’s Notes: Watch all episodes of John John Florence’s series “Twelve” here. Seriously though. Watch them. They’re good. Like, really good. Do it.