Florence wins at Margaret River
John John Florence won the Telstra Drug Aware Pro at Margaret River, Australia with a victory over fellow Hawaiian surfer Olamana Eleogram in the final.
With sunny skies and a clean 3-4 foot swell the final three rounds were concluded on Saturday and the large crowd witnessed Florence producing two nine point rides in the final to win 18.76 to 15.43.
“I’ve been having a lot of fun this week. The waves are are a lot like at home, even the wind when it’s good for airs is a lot like Hawaii," said Florence.
"The waves have been fun in all of my heats. I’m so stoked to win. This gives me a lot of confidence going into Bells because I hear the waves are similar.
"I was so stoked to make the Final with Ola, I’ve grown up surfing with him and to have him in the final with me at Margaret River was great.”
The women's event was won by American Courtney Conlogue for the second year in a row.
"I was trying not to think about going back-to-back too much because I didn’t want to put pressure on myself,” Conlogue said.
"I’m stoked to have gotten two in a row. This place taught me a lot last year and the years before. The first time I came here I lost in the second round and it was quite an embarrassing heat. Going from that to what I’ve done now feels great, and each year I come back I feel like I get to know the waves better and better. Now I’m looking forward to going to Bells because this place is great training for down there."
John John Florence (HAW) 18.76 def. Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 15.43
Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 11.67 def. Mark Occhilupo (AUS) 9.84
John John Florence (HAW) 19.13 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 14.37
Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 14.83 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 2.34
Mark Occhilupo (AUS) 17.63 def. Tom Whitaker (AUS) 16.03
John John Florence (HAW) 15.44 def. Nic Muscroft (AUS) 13.10
Kai Otton (AUS) 16.90 def. CJ Hobgood (USA) 13.93