John John Florence is only a couple of wins away from his maiden world surfing title after another strong performance at Supertubos in Portugal.
The Hawaiian superstar is through to the semi-finals of the Rip Curl Pro after eliminating Australian Julian Wilson in the quater finals on Monday.
Florence managed to squeeze out of an endless righthand barrel for a 9.30, the highest scored ride of the heat and walked away with the win.
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“This morning Connor (Coffin) and I paddled out first thing in the dark and it was pretty wild and raw, there was a couple of fun ones between some of the big closeout sets,” Florence said.
“We kept staying on hold and it was right on the verge of being all-time all day and finally for the last call it kind of cleaned up and there’s some really fun peaks out there. When it’s like that you got to surf it like a free surf, you’re looking for any open wave, even the little ones stand up bigger than you think they are.”
A win in Portugal will see Florence claim his maiden WSL Title.
Wilson, currently in 6th place on the Jeep Leaderboard, goes home in Equal 5th place.
Contest officials will reconvene at 8AM Tuesday (local time) to reassess conditions for a potential final day of competition.
Surfline, official forecast partner of the WSL, are calling for:
Very solid but easing surf for Monday with strong SSE becoming SE/ESE winds resulting in gradually improving conditions. Dropping swell mix for Tuesday with easing ESE winds. Smaller leftovers for Wednesday/Thursday with minor WNW swell to close out the final days of the waiting period.
Meo Rip Curl Pro Portugal Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Kolohe Andino (USA) 17.34 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 8.10
QF 2: John John Florence (HAW) 16.90 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 13.57
QF 3: Conner Coffin (USA) 12.66 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 5.94
QF 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.40 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 13.56
Meo Rip Curl Pro Portugal Semifinal Match-Ups:
SF 1: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. John John Florence (HAW)
SF 2: Conner Coffin (USA) vs. Jordy Smith (ZAF)