Florence ‘pumped to win’

2014-10-06 00:00

HOSSEGOR/SEIGNOSSE — John John Florence (Hawaii) claimed the Quiksilver Pro France, navigating the shifting eight-to-10 foot (2,5 to three metre) barrels at the primary site of Le Gardian in front of a massive crowd on the beach.

Event No. 9 of 11 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour, the Quiksilver Pro France existed as a crucial stop in the hunt for this year’s world surfing crown as well as a critical opportunity for those looking to requalify for next season’s elite tour.

Florence proved the event’s form surfer from the outset, consistently notching up the highest scores of each round and surfing with unparalleled comfort and confidence in the ever-changing conditions. His win over Jadson Andre (BRA) was secured with committed barrel rides as well as power surfing and marks the second WCT victory of his career (the first being in Brazil in 2012).

“It has felt like such a long event and I’m so pumped to get the win in the end,” Florence said. “We’ve had every type of condition for this event and even finishing in barrels was a lot of work. There was a lot of water moving out there and Jadson [Andre] was always going to be a tough opponent. He looked super strong against Jordy [Smith] in the semi. Pumped on the win here and the support from the crowd was really impressive.”

Florence has moved from eighth to fifth on the ASP WCT rankings and has vaulted himself into contention for the 2014 world surfing crown.

“I’m really pumped with my results lately,” Florence said. “I had a few weird things happen for me at the start of the year and I’ve made some adjustments recently. I’ve spoken to a lot of guys about the title and they all say that the title campaign actually starts the year before. I’m hoping for a few more good results this season to really make a run for it in 2015.”

Jordy Smith (SA), winner of the previous ASP WCT event in Southern California, was looking to go back-to-back with another victory in France. After eliminating Kelly Slater (USA) from competition in their morning quarter-final bout, Smith’s odds looked promising before falling to Andre in the semi-

finals.

“Felt like I had a good heat against Kelly then couldn’t buy a wave in my semi-final,” Smith said. “Congrats to Jadson though. He’s been surfing well all event and he’s hungry for a result. Looking forward to the next one.”

The next stop on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour will be the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal from October 12 to 23.

Quiksilver Pro France Final Results:

1 - John John Florence (HAW) 16.00

2 - Jadson Andre (BRA) 4.57

ASP World Championship Tour Top 5

(after Quiksilver Pro France):

1. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 56 550 pts

2. Kelly Slater (USA) 50 050 pts

3. Mick Fanning (AUS) 43 600 pts

4. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 43 100 pts

5. John John Florence (HAW) 41 950 pts.

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