John John Florence Wins Third Vans Triple Crown of SurfingDec 20, 2016
2016 WSL World Champion John John Florence just finished his amazing year by winning his third Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.
The North Shore local started his Vans Triple Crown campaign by winning the Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa, had a little bit of a shocker in Sunset, but managed to grab a 5th place in the Billabong Pipe Masters, finishing on top of the overall ratings.
Other event standouts were Portugal's Frederico Morais, South Africa's Jordy Smith and 2x Vans Triple Crown Champion Kelly Slater, who won his last title in 1998.
It's a pretty common agreement between the pros that winning the Triple Crown title is the next best thing to winning a World Title. The fact that John John was able to put both in the bag during the same year, in addition to winning the Eddie Aikau Invitational in Waimea Bay earlier in February, is a pretty big feat.
Now, as the best surfers in the world head home to spend some family time over the holidays, one thing is guaranteed: They'll be back frothing to get another shot at the prestigious event in 2017.