Raises Awareness with Clean 6-Star Win in OZ

For Release on March 26, 2012:

CARLSBAD, Calif.--SPY's John John Florence won the 6-Star ASP Prime rated Telstra Drug Aware Pro at Margaret River in Western Australia this past weekend.

According to the Association of Surf Professionals (ASP), "Florence's performance at Margaret River will go down as one of the most dominant in the event's history." His win at the Telstra Drug Aware Pro pushes him into fourth for the ASP's world ranking.

The 19-year-old Florence posted five of the top ten single wave scores, as well as the top three two-wave heat totals. With a combination of barrels, huge carves and giant airs, he handily plowed through the field into the final, defeating fellow Hawaiian Olamana Eleogram, and scoring two 9-point rides along the way for mixing-in big turns with technical aerials.

"I've been having a lot of fun here this week," Florence said. "The waves are a lot like home, even the wind is like Hawaii, making it good for airs. This win gives me a lot of confidence going into the Bells event, because I hear the waves are similar. I was so stoked to make the Final with Ola [Eleogram]--I've grown up surfing with him and to have him in the Final with me at Margaret River was great."

Florence has been on a tear since last December. Starting with winning the coveted Triple Crown of Surfing, followed by a storybook victory at the Pipeline Pro in February, and punctuated by this 6-Star win at the Telstra Drug Aware Pro. Touted as one of the most exciting surfers to watch in 2012, Florence now moves to the Melbourne area to prepare for the upcoming 2012 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, commencing April 3.

John John Florence (HAW) 18.76 def. Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 15.43

SF 1: Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 11.67 def. Mark Occhilupo (AUS) 9.84 SF 2: John John Florence (HAW) 19.13 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 14.37

Double John, Triple Crown: http://www.spyoptic.com/Blog/double-john-triple-crown
Feb. 2012 Pipeline Pro: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ayddtn5UFcI
2012 Testra Drug Aware Pro: http://www.telstradrugawarepro.com/

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Alain Mazer, SPY®
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