Former Vans Triple Crown champion and ASP World No. 13 John John Florence was bundled out of the REEF Hawaiian Pro in his opening heat at Haleiwa today, the victim of atypical Hawaiian winter surf and an interference call that might have ended his plans for a second crown. The REEF Hawaiian Pro is the first of three events of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing hydrated by vitaminwater®, and without a decent finish here it will be an uphill battle for Florence to win the title again.
What began as a week of maxing waves over 20 feet, today dropped to waist/head-high range at Haleiwa. With Surfline.com’s forecast anticipating very small surf to settle in for the next five days, organizers opted to make use of what was on hand.