The Florences

The Brotherhood

Sep 20, 2007
Outside Magazine
The Florences

   Photo: Photo by Robert Maxwell

The Florences
"John John Florence has lots of drive and talent," says surf legend Herbie Fletcher. "He could be world champion someday." Fourteen-year-old John John (center), who holds four national junior titles, is the youngest competitor ever to enter the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, where at age 13 he competed against the likes of Kelly Slater and Andy Irons at Oahu's Pipeline. His brothers—from left, Nathan, 13, and Ivan, 11—are following suit, consistently placing near the top at regional contests. Up next? Look for Haleiwa, Hawaii–based John John to qualify as a regular on the ASP World Tour. It can't hurt that former world champ Tom Curren, who was an early mentor to Kelly Slater, is a close family friend.

—Vanessa Pierce

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