Happy Ending: Switch Hitter

John John Florence, Teahupoo.John John Florence, switch stance at Teahupoo. Photo: Domenic Mosqueira

I don’t want it if it’s that easy.

Renowned philosopher and Pulitzer Prize winner Tupac Amaru Shakur wrote that in his poem, I Get Around. The poem is about life, love and bad bitches. And while it was written over two decades ago, the sentiment stands true and without fatigue. Whether you’re talking about bad bitches or barrels — if something is easy, you don’t want it as badly. For proof, see above.

The photo you’ll see is of John John Florence at Teahupoo. One of the world’s best surfers at one of the world’s most difficult waves. But at this size, even Teauhupoo is a lay up for a guy like John. It’s easy. That easy. He doesn’t want it, so what does he do?

John John makes it not so easy. He switches his stance and suddenly, it’s difficult and therefore desirable. Hoes be damned; Tupac would be so proud.