A final for the history books, John John Florence and Gabriel Medina.
A final for the history books, John John Florence and Gabriel Medina. - WSL / Heff

John John Florence Wins 50th Edition of Pipe Masters

BANZAI PIPELINE, Oahu, Hawaii/USA - In a historic day for surfing, John John Florence (HAW) fulfilled his lifelong dream of winning the Billabong Pipe Masters presented by Hydro Flask at his home break in the esteemed competition's 50th edition.

In the men’s Final for the Billabong Pipe Masters, two-time WSL Champion Florence went head-to-head with fellow two-time WSL Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA), beating him out by 0.67 points with a combined score of 11.77 (out of a possible 20).

“I feel really good, especially just after the last couple of years and everything I’ve gone through with injuries and everything,” said Florence. “To be here at the first event of the year, winning in my home break, I can’t picture it going any better. It’s an amazing way to end 2020 and start the new year as well.”

Florence’s victory marks his first win at the Billabong Pipe Masters presented by Hydro Flask. He was the runner-up in 2017 and 2013, and did not compete in 2018 due to an injury that kept him out for much of the CT.

"The Pipe Masters for me is the biggest event on the Tour,” said Florence. “I've grown up watching my heroes surf this event and win the world titles out there. Everyone who surfs pipe has their own little relationship with that wave, and so to be able to win a competition out there is a big feat. For me, it's one of my biggest goals."

Former Pipe Master Gabriel Medina put on a solid fight at the Final. / WSL / Brent Bielmann
Former Pipe Master Gabriel Medina put on a solid fight at the Final. WSL / Brent Bielmann

Billabong Pipe Masters and Maui Pro Competition Recap

The day began with Heat 4 in the Round of 16 for the Billabong Pipe Masters presented by Hydro Flask, 11-time WSL Champion Kelly Slater (USA) earned a combined 13.67, the high score in the Round of 16 against Jack Robinson (AUS), advancing to the Quarterfinals despite suffering an injury.

Slater looked in form for most of the event. / WSL / Heff
Slater looked in form for most of the event. WSL / Heff

“I hurt myself mountain biking last week, then I did something to my heel three nights ago at Pipeline,” said Slater, after Heat 4 in the Round of 16, “I’m having a little trouble walking, but I can surf okay, I didn’t notice it too much when I surfed.”

Defending WSL Champion Italo Ferreira (BRA), two-time WSL Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA), Kanoa Igarashi (JPN), and Jeremy Flores (FRA) also advanced to the Quarterfinals after winning their heats in the Round of 16.

Italo Ferreira was a true warrior today. Despite his injury, he won the Quarterfinal and went back to the water for his Semifinal heat. / WSL / Heff
Italo Ferreira was a true warrior today. Despite his injury, he won the Quarterfinal and went back to the water for his Semifinal heat. WSL / Heff

In Quarterfinal 1, Florence scored a combined 17.67 (out of a possible 20), the highest score of the Quarterfinal, after earning a 9.07 and 8.60 on two rides against Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), winner of the Injury Wildcard surf-off. Defending champion Italo Ferreira won Quarterfinal 3 against Jeremy Flores (FRA) despite suffering an injury after hitting the reef on one of his rides. Slater and Medina also won their heats to advance to the Semifinals, with match-ups between the top two surfers in the United States and Brazil.

“It feels good to make it through, I look forward to surfing against Italo in the semifinals, which is going to be a good heat,” said Medina, after winning Heat 4 in the Quarterfinals, “it’s heat-by-heat, can’t wait for the next one.”

After that, Florence scored a combined 18.16, with a 9.23 on his first wave and 8.93 on his second in Semifinal 1 against Slater. Medina defeated Ferreira in Semifinal 2.


Billabong Pipe Masters presented by Hydro Flask Final Results:
1 -
John John Florence (HAW) 11.77
2 - Gabriel Medina (BRA) 11.10

Billabong Pipe Masters presented by Hydro Flask Semifinal Results:
SF 1:
John John Florence (HAW) 18.16 DEF. Kelly Slater (USA) INT
SF 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 12.60 DEF. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 8.57

Billabong Pipe Masters presented by Hydro Flask Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1:
John John Florence (HAW) 17.67 DEF. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 10.17
QF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 6.23 DEF. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 1.90
QF 3: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 13.34 DEF. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 10.53
QF 4: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 9.13 vs. Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 7.06

Billabong Pipe Masters presented by Hydro Flask Round of 16 Results:
Heat 1
: Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 10.33 DEF. Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 6.73
Heat 2: John John Florence (HAW) 8.50 DEF. Matthew McGillivray (ZAF) 5.73
Heat 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 11.67 DEF. Caio Ibelli (BRA) 1.63
Heat 4: Kelly Slater (USA) 13.67 DEF. Jack Robinson (AUS) 11.67
Heat 5: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 13.00 DEF. Ryan Callinan (AUS) 5.27
Heat 6: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 8.80 DEF. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 4.83
Heat 7: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 11.56 DEF. Jack Freestone (AUS) 6.67
Heat 8: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 12.33 DEF. Jadson Andre (BRA) 11.54

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