John John recently hung out at the Astrodeck office while taking a brief hiatus from the tour and nursing his Achilles tendon. So the future World Champ (Yeah, we’re calling it already), sat down for a one-on-one with Dibi Fletcher to do an interview for Dibi’s popular “D-Side” series. Amongst the list of topics that the two discussed, John John clears the air about his “relationship” with country pop sensation Taylor Swift.
To put it succinctly, perhaps Kelly Slater summed it up best when he recently wrote on his Instagram:
“#herbiefletcher pulled together another sick #wavewarriors group shot the other day. Hope he does it for another 20+ years. Good seeing the old guard and the new crew together in one place. Not many people could pull this shot off. Herbie sponsored my brother and I when I was 10yrs old. #legend”
Everything you’ve heard about John John Florence is true. Everything.
He IS that good. He IS that talented. And he IS that surfing phenom who someday will be World Champ.
Need some more convincing? Watch the clip. John John makes his presence known and he makes his statement loud and clear. How sick is this kid? No. Seriously. If there ever was a true definition for the word Wunderkind, John John Florence would be it.
“Departure Delayed” also features guest appearances by Nathan Florence, Ivan Florence, Kiron Jabour, and Greyson Fletcher, so check it out!
To attack fearlessly and recklessly, that’s what the Japanese word “Banzai” means. And judging from Greyson’s recent assault at the Banzai Skate Park, the boy was all about being a Kamikaze daredevil.
Check out Greyson in a couple of links. It’s good for your soul.
We’d like to give a huge shout-out of congratulations to one of our own, John John Florence.
If you haven’t heard by now, John John just snagged his first WCT contest win at the Billabong Rio Pro in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil with an impressive 16.37 tally over Joel Parkinson’s score of 11.44. To get to the victor’s podium, John John also went through a series of heats against Josh Kerr (in the semi-finals) and another one of Astrodeck’s favorites, Julian Wilson (in the quarter-finals).
This puts John John as #6 in the current ASP rankings while Parko is on top as Numero Uno.
The guys will be heading to Fiji next. And we can’t wait to see some more of the John John Florence Show. World Title this year? There’s a good chance. Future World Champ? That’s a definite.
Here are some frame grabs from the Billabong Rio Pro. Congrats again, John John!
So if you haven’t heard about it by now, you will be soon enough. Yesterday Herbie gathered together some of surfing’s brightest surfers to start production on his new and upcoming Wave Warriors film that will be released in late 2012.
This happened once before with the original Wave Warriors photo shoot back in the mid-80s, but since then nowhere in the history of surfing will you ever see these cast of characters together for a group pic. Everyone from Rob Machado, Danny Fuller, John John Florence, Bruce Irons, Christian Fletcher, Nathan Fletcher, Julian Wilson, Kolohe Andino, Buttons, Rory Russell, Makua Rothman, Alex Knoxt, the Gudauskas Brothers, and a slew of others got in on the act. Oh, yeah, and some guy named Kelly Slater - whoever he is, he was there, too, as was reknowned artist Julian Schnabel.
If you couldn’t tell by the elite list, this was an invite-only shoot of the best surfers on the planet, with loving acknowledgement and memory going out to Marvin Foster, Andy Irons, and Sion Milosky as well.
Past, present, future… we are the Wave Warriors!
Nathan went to Costa Rica a little while back with Ivan Florence. And while the waves weren’t ideal, Nathan and the grom made the best out of the situation.
Analog posted up what transpired.
Click on the link and check out the photos. (And if the link doesn’t work, cut and paste. Come on, why do I even have to tel you that? Are you new?)
Date of Birth: 10/18/92
Hometown: Sunset Beach/Hawaii
Current City: Sunset Beach/Hawaii
Favorite Pop Tart: Strawberry with frosting.
Guilty Pleasure: NA
I use Astrodeck traction pads because: I cant surf without it.
Crank it up (favorite tunes): Black Sabbath
I wouldn’t be caught dead: Rollerblading
I’ve yet to master: Fishing
The first time I stood up on a wave: Rockies
Grub (favorite food): Pasta
10 years ago I was: A grommet.
10 years from now I want to: Still be surfing.
I can’t live without: The ocean.
Ideal conditions: NW swell at Pipe with SE winds or NW swell at V-land with light W winds.
Beliefs: Eat alot of food and everything will be good, ahahahaha.
Strangest thing in my life: Wahiwa at night time.
What I would change about this world: Some of the people.
Are you easily impressed: Yes
Parting words: K, talk to you later.
To say that Astrodeck has had an association with John John since he was a wee bitty grom would be a gross understatement.
Not only as a surfer, but also as a friend; there’s always been a tight bond between the Fletchers and the Florences.
John John was always that little blond kid who stuck out; running around on the North Shore, taking off on waves double his age, triple his size. Herbie saw the potential in John John early on, and was actually the first person to tow the little guy in at Phantoms. Aside from when his own kids (Christian and Nathan) were little, John John has been the youngest person Herb’s ever towed-in.
And today? Well, he’s definitely coming into his own. And he hasn’t even tapped into full-grown manhood yet. John John recently won the Da Hui Backdoor Shoot-Out, taking down a lot of heavy contenders. Pretty sick, huh? He’s also constantly traveling; launching over lips or getting shacked on far-away waves you can only dream about. Add periodic snowboarding trips and some skateboarding routines into the mix, and you’ve got a pretty hectic but insanely fun, earned life right there.
Yup. Whether it was his past, his present, or what’s in store for him for the future, from our viewpoint, things look pretty solid for John John. And we’re stoked that Astrodeck and the Fletcher’s have been there from the early stages to see it all enfold…and we can’t wait to see what the future unveils.