John John Florence from Hawaii has claimed victory at The Oi, Rio Pro stop number 4 of the 2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour besting rookie Jack Freestone from Australia in punchy four – to – six foot waves at Postinho Beach.
The victory now vaults Florence from 13th to 3rd position on the WSL Jeep Leaderboard well within striking distance of the frontrunner position currently held by Matt Wilkinson from Australia. The win by Florence marks the Hawaiian’s third elite tour victory, having previously finished on top of the field here in Rio de Janeiro in 2012 and winning in France in 2014.
The Final got off to an exciting start with an exchange that saw Florence deliver an aggressive two – turn combination for a solid 7.00, while Freestone failed to complete his ride earning a 3.17. Florence then continued to rev up, posting more excellent scores. With only ten minutes into the Final, Florence then threw up a near perfect 9.70 by locking in a dynamic two – turn combination.The Hawaiian proved to be unstoppable finishing with an impressive 18.97 Heat Score and the victory was sealed.
The next stop on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy World Championship Tour will be in Fiji from June 5th – 17th. 2016.
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