John Florence – LOPE STATUS

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

John Florence

The Doherty Report: The Pacific Wave Tank – The Festival of Bede, Gabby's freesurf curse, and more from Day Three of the 2017 Hurley Pro Trestles

With the first wave pool event of this brave, new, chlorinated and mechanized era supposedly only a week away, we got a small taste of it yesterday at Trestles, sans pools and pool chemicals. All day long, the vast Pacific wave tank pushed out uniform head-high waves at uniform periods, the long waits between them

In The Hot Seat: Bede Durbidge – Catching up with Durbidge on his upcoming 'CT retirement, his new coaching gig, and the future of surfing in the Olympics

They say it doesn’t take a ‘CT-level surfer to make a good coach, but it sure as hell helps. Bede Durbidge—who’s spent over a decade on Tour and has multiple ‘CT wins to his name—has maximized his talent on Tour over the years by combo’ing raw ability with wise heat strategy, finishing as high as

Once And Future Kings – At an obscure South Pacific reef pass, Kelly Slater and John Florence talk balancing competitive ambition with freesurfing progression

[This feature originally appeared in our June 2017 Issue, “Influencers,” on newsstands and available for download now.] For his 25th surf film, titled Proximity, Taylor Steele took four surfers who defined style, performance, and bravado for the past few decades and paired them with four surfers who carry those same torches today

Kelly Slater and John Florence, Slotted in The South Pacific – The once and future kings go off the map to trade waves during the filming of Proximity

While Taylor Steele was filming for his recent movie, Proximity, he wrangled together two of the most sought-after guys in surfing, John Florence and Kelly Slater, and led them off the beaten path to somewhere in the South Pacific. Once they reached their destination, Kelly and John found themselves in a tropical paradise trading rippable

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