By: King Eddie
This years edition of the Vans Triple Crown showcased legendary talent such as Kelly Slater, as well as fresh up and coming legends in the making, like local boy and Triple Crown Winner, John John Florence (19).
It all kicked off with the Reef Hawaiian Pro, in which Florence took 5th place. But in the recent days, the battle of the Billabong Pipe Masters has been resonating thought the surf community. The Results of the competition are as follows…
Billabong Pipe Masters Final Result:
1 – Kieren Perrow (AUS) 13.17
2 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 7.00
Billabong Pipe Masters Semifinals Results:
SF 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.23 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 16.83
SF 2: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 12.00 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 4.07
Billabong Pipe Masters Quarterfinals Results:
QF 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 12.00 def. Jamie O’Brien (HAW) 9.43
QF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 17.53 def. John John Florence (HAW) 16.70
QF 3: Michel Bourez (PYF) 7.70 def. Evan Valiere (HAW) 3.66
QF 4: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 17.23 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 9.26
As it would turn out, Perrow (AUS) 34, would win his first ASP world tour event, and he did so in honor of the late legend of the islands, Andy Irons. Perrow’s performance on the first days with massive waves made him a lock as a tough contender. And his equally optimal performance on the smaller days solidified the win for the Aussie as well as a spot on the 2012 ASP World Tour.
“It took me up until now to get over getting second to Jeremy last year” Perrow said. “It’s so good to get back here. I just felt so comfortable the whole time. I’ve had such a great event anyway and coming in to today, it was just amazing. The waves have been phenomenal. I haven’t surfed Pipe like that in my entire career. This is pretty much the pinnacle for me.”
“I was just going to try and have some fun because I didn’t want to run and I thought we’d find another day,” Slater said. “I figured I’d try and get in that head space and I’d ride a short board and I actually got a really good left and my board was wrong for it. I thought it was going to cost me the heat. It just came to me in last three-or-four minutes. I’m just trying to hold John John (Florence)at bay because he’s going to rule Pipe for the next 20 years. I just want to get a couple before I’m done. He’s been the man to beat out here. He’s had two 10s and a couple of high 9’s.”
The local boy, however, stole the show. John John Florence had the Billabong Pipe Masters only two perfect 10 point rides. The 19 year old standout is recognized as the possible “next generation” of surfer, and great things are expected of the youngster. However, humble in his Vans Triple Crown victory, he didn’t boast, only thanked.
“I’m so stoked to be here, I’ve been surfing these waves my entire life and watching everyone over the years,” Florence said. “I’m so happy that I won this and to have my name with everyone else who has won over the years. I just want to say thanks to my Mom and Pancho Sullivan and John Pyzel and all my sponsors. Thanks to everyone.”