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Hawaii surfer John John Florence wins in Australia

By Star-Advertiser staff


Hawaii surfer John John Florence beat out fellow Hawaiian Olamana Eleogram in the finals of the Telstra Drug Aware Pro in Margaret River, Australia.

Florence scored two 9-point-rides in the final, mixing power gouges with technical aerials Saturday.

 "The waves are are a lot like at home, even the wind when it's good for airs is a lot like Hawaii," Florence said. "The waves have been fun in all of my heats. I'm so stoked to win. This gives me a lot of confidence going into Bells because I hear the waves are similar. I was so stoked to make the Final with Ola (Eleogram), I've grown up surfing with him and to have him in the Final with me at Margaret River was great."

In the women's event, Californian Courtney Conlogue won the event for the second year in a row, beating out Hawaii's  Malia Manuel.

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