Photo Credit: WSL / Poullenot
Congratulations to Jeremy Flores, who won the 2017 (and 2010) Pipeline Masters in Hawaii. The French surfer from Reunion Island took out friend and teammate Kanoa Igarashi as well as world title hopeful Gabriel Medina en route to the Final against the new WSL Champion, John John Florence.
Winning the Pipe Masters against John John Florence like that in perfect Backdoor in the last seconds, that’s the best way to win, Flores said. I couldn’t think of any better way to win this Pipe Master. I’m so, so stoked and there’s a lot of emotions. Congrats to everyone. Congrats to John John and Gabriel, these guys are next level. My goal was to win this event but this is crazy, I’m so happy.
Incepted in 1971, the Pipe Master still counts as the most prestigious event in surfing and marks the annual final of the WSL World Tour of Surfing. The mythical Banzai Pipeline makes and breaks surfers dreams since the early days, offering the barrel of their lives to a few lucky ones while taking its toll on many. Winning the Pipe Masters once is a competitive surfers dream…to win it twice is legendary.
To be honest, I don’t like to be that guy that’s deciding titles – it should be a showdown between John and Gabriel, these guys work so hard,‖ Flores continued. ―That’s why honestly when I beat Gabriel I felt bad. It’s been an emotional day and yesterday was stressful. I had to make one heat to re-qualify pretty much and I made it with a 4 and a 2. I just wanted to have fun today and I did and the waves showed up. Through all the ups and downs I have so much good support and this is for everyone so thank you. I won this title for France and it doesn’t happen very much!‖