26/09/2013 | by Alex Dick-Read
We’ve got a theory that John John Florence, currently our pick for title of ‘best surfer in the world’, is actually quite an articulate lad. Trouble is, he was a shy kid who grew up in the public eye and that’s got to make those tricky teenage angst things pretty stressful. so for JJF, a lifetime of inane interview questions bred stock answers that remained, generally, in the “it was sick” and “super, super fun” range.
But in this vid he seems like a confident young fella – one getting used to his hero status and who knows a shitload about the stuff he really knows about – things like, you know, barrels, Pipeline, airs, Backdoor, fins, Pipeline, tubes, massive airs, heavy gouging turns, Pipeline, tubes, airs and all the rest)
We’re not convinced he’ll be a rocket scientist when his current best-surfer-in-the-world gig is over, and this video IS just an ad for Future Fins, but … correct us if we’re wrong, does he not seem sort of … grown up these days?
Here’s JJF talking pretty freely about stuff that seems to tweak his tail, as it were.
(And if you think this intro is long and overblown, you’ll love the official one from Futures, below.)
John John Florence has been a surfing icon for years. Growing up on the sands of Oahu’s North Shore, he’s been in the thick of the surfing world for well over a decade now. He’s 20. He’s been riding Futures just as long.
The impact he’s had on the surf industry over the last two years is unlike anyone else before him. Qualifying for the ASP World Tour and then winning the Triple Crown, three in a row at the Pipe Pro, a World Tour event, Rookie of the Year, the Air-Strike, the Exposure Meter and the hearts of fans the world over, it’s been a blur of JJF. And, have you seen his movies?
John’s been prototyping his new signature fin throughout the entire span of this run. The initial concepts came from his favorite F4 Techflex, but his new life on the ASP World Tour and a late teen growth spurt required much more area than he was riding in 2011. Per him, the fin was to be a Techflex, and black. Of course, we added some color. We also added base and reduced the tip area. Drive, release and control were the primary measures, and John’s effortless style proves high marks in each field.
With all humility, we’ve nailed it, but we only say that because that’s what John John tells us. Needless to say, we’re proud to present the new John John Florence Signature fin.