John John Florence dominates SURFER Poll Awards

With all that metal, John John Florence might soon have a career in competitive weightlifting. Photo: SURFER

The votes for the 45th annual SURFER Poll have been cast and the readers have spoken: Everybody loves John John Florence.

As reported by TRANSWORLD Business, the 23-year-old Hawaiian wunderkind was the runaway winner at surfing’s biggest night on Sunday, taking the No. 1 spot in the Men’s Reader Poll and sweeping through the Video Awards by winning Best Performance, Best Maneuver and Movie of the Year for his groundbreaking film View From a Blue Moon.

"When I first started riding for Hurley, they asked me what I really wanted to do. I said I wanted to do the (World) Tour and I wanted to make a movie," said Florence after receiving the award. "Those guys kind of gave me the freedom to do this and travel the last couple of years. I couldn't have done it without all my friends, my family, my mom, my brothers, they supported me through the whole thing."

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On the women’s side Carissa Moore, who recently claimed her third world championship, was named No. 1 in the Women’s Reader Poll for the second time in her career.

"There is no way I won the SURFER Poll," said Moore. "This is so cool. You know I have so many people to thank for this incredible year. I first off want to thank all the girls that are surfing so well this year. I want to thank my dad, my boyfriend and my family of sponsors. I love the surfing community so much."

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For the rest of the awards, Niccolo Porcella took home the somewhat dubious honor of Worst Wipeout, decided by public vote, for his bone-crushing spill at Teahupoo in July, while the youngest surfer on tour and current world No. 2 Filipe Toledo took home the coveter Andy Irons Breakthrough Performer Award.

Que honra fazer parte de uma noite tão importante para o surf! Mas, melhor ainda é levar o prêmio de melhor performance, em memória do ídolo Andy Irons, e por cima receber esse premio das maos de @bruceirons e @lyndieirons e um abraço cheio de energia do @axelirons não tem preço! Obrigado a todos pela noite tao especial e parabéns a todos os vencedores da noite! // What an honor to be a part of one of the most important night for surfing! But much better win the award in memory of Andy Irons, and having @bruceirons and @lyndieirons to give me the trophy and get a hug with a lot of energy from @axelirons ! There’s no words! Thanks everyone and congrats to all winners last night! @surfer_magazine 📸 @badboyryry_

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“What an honor to be a part of one of the most important night for surfing,” the 20-year-old Brazilian wrote on Instagram about receiving the award. “But it’s much better winning the award in memory of Andy Irons, and having @bruceirons and @lyndieirons to give me the trophy and get a hug with a lot of energy from @axelirons ! There [are] no words! Thanks everyone and congrats to all winners last night!”

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