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John John Florence wins the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing

  • COURTESY WORLD SURF LEAGUE

    Michel Bourez celebrated today at the Billabong Pipe Masters on the North Shore.

  • COURTESY WORLD SURF LEAGUE

    John John Florence competed today in the Billabong Pipe Masters at Ehukai Beach.

Tahiti’s Michel Bourez captured the Billabong Pipe Masters in 4- to 6-foot waves today at Ehukai Beach.

Bourez blazed through six grueling rounds, winning five of those heats, in the season-ending World Surf League contest. In the event final, he squeezed past Kanoa Igarashi of Huntington Beach, Calif., 7.53 to 6.17.

With the victory, Bourez locked up No. 6 in the final WSL rankings.

Earlier in the day, Haleiwa’s John John Florence won the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing for the third time.

Florence, who captured the World Surf League tour championship in October, took the Triple Crown when 11-time world champ Kelly Slater lost his Pipe Masters semifinal heat to Igarashi.

The Triple Crown title goes to the best surfer among the three North Shore WSL season-enders. Florence previously won the first leg of the Triple Crown — the Hawaiian Pro — at Haleiwa. South Africa’s Jordy Smith took the second event — the Vans World Cup of Surfing — at Sunset Beach.

The Triple Crown title was up for grabs between Florence, Slater and Smith most of day. Smith fell out of contention in a quarterfinal loss to Igarashi.

Florence also won the Triple Crown in 2011 and 2013.

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