John John Florence is a multi-talented American surfer. Besides surfing, he loves snowboarding, photography, fishing, skateboarding, sailing and drawing. He goes by the nickname John John (JJ), and fans regard him as the greatest surfer ever. Unfortunately, luck was not on his side in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Why is John John out of the Olympics? His teammate, Kolohe Andino, defeated him in Round 3 of the Tokyo men's surfing competition. JJ's mother helped him surf when he was six months old, and he became a pro by his fifth birthday. Why is John Florence called John John? His parents named him after the American lawyer John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr. The lawyer earned the JJ nickname when his father became the 35th US president.
John Florence's profile summary
- Full name: John Alexander Florence
- Famous as: JJ
- Date of birth: 18th October 1992
- Place of birth: Pupukea, Hawaii, USA
- Hometown: North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii, USA
- Zodiac Sign: Libra
- Age: 28 years as of 2020
- Career: Surfer
- Nationality: American
- Ethnicity: White
- Parents: Alexandra Helen and L. Florence
- Siblings: Nathan and Ivan
- Sexual Orientation: Straight
- Marital status: Married
- Spouse: Lauryn Cribb
- Children: 0
- Height: 6 feet 1 inch
- Weight: 84 kgs
- Eye colour: Green
- Hair colour: Blonde
- Religion: Christian
- Instagram page: john_john_florence
- Facebook page: John John Florence
- Twitter account: @johnjohnflorenc
John Florence's biography
How old is John Florence? Since he was born on 18th October 1992, the surfer's age is 28 years as of 2020. His real name is John Alexander Florence. Alexander was born in Pupukea, Hawaii, grew up in North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii, and attended Kahuku High School.
The surfer's dad, John L. Florence, is an alcoholic, and the star rarely talks about him in public. He has two younger brothers called Nathan and Ivan. John Florence's mother, Alexandra Helen Florence, is a retired surfer. She left New Jersey and settled in Oahu after winning a bikini contest.
Is the surfer married?
He earns a $1 million annual salary and only made $5 million from endorsements in 2018. The couple never shared the engagement on social media. It was a private romantic moment that JJ never prepared for. He said:
I woke up one day, and I was like, okay, today's the day, but I didn't have a ring.
His mum gave him a diamond ring she picked at the beach. JJ then convinced Lauryn Cribb to follow him to the beach, where he popped the big question.
John Florence's wife is an Australian model and a horticulture student working for a Hawaii-based boutique modelling agency called The Honolulu City Club. You can check out Lauryn Cribb's cute modeling pictures on her Instagram page.
The couple got engaged in 2019 and got married last year. They still have no children. Lauryn wants to raise her kids near her family. Therefore, the Olympics star might relocate to Australia when the time comes.
JJ's career achievements
The surfer rides Pyzel surfboards and holds many titles. The 13-year-old JJ was the youngest surfer to compete in the Triple Crown of Surfing. He received his first gold medals at the 2003 and 2005 NSSA National Championships.
JJ won the 2015/2016 Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau and became the youngest surfer to win the World Cup of Surfing when he got his first world championship title in 2016.
The 2016 world cup victory also made him the second Hawaiian surfer to win back-to-back world titles and the fifth surfer to win their first two world titles consecutively.
The star went home with the maiden Pipe Masters title in 2020. In December 2019, he qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games alongside Caroline Marks, Kolohe Andino, and Carissa Moore.
His Margaret River performance this year was impressive. He scored ten points on the opening day of the World Surf League (WSL). Margaret River has irregular barrels, but JJ bounced back after Morgan Cibilic (Australian WSL Tour rookie) defeated him twice.
JJ's sailing experience
The surfer's anterior cruciate ligament ripped in 2019 while competing in Brazil. The severe injury forced him to take a career break for some months. Therefore, JJ used the break to explore nature.
JJ and his crewmates Nathan (brother), Kona (friend) and Erik Knutson (photographer) made a great team of Hawaiian explorers. Jacques Vincen, a French pro skipper and sailing veteran, joined them on a month-long 2,500-mile cruise to the remotest Pacific islands. They used JJ's Gunboat 48, Vela, to tour Fanning Islands, Line Islands, and more magical places.
The Vela crew filmed beautiful footage and snorkelled over the reefs. They also enjoyed sailing through the deep sea's waves and Hawaii's strong winds. The sight of seabirds, blooming corals, marine creatures and more made the trip more meaningful.
JJ's Florence's YouTube videos and films
Watch adventure videos on his YouTube channel. The Twelve, a John Florence series, is about his success story. He narrates and shows the audience how he trains as beautiful songs play in the background.
View From a Blue Moon, a John Florence's movie, was the first 4K surf film, and it had a $2 million production budget. The surfer's 2021's Tokyo Rising series is also available. The series is also about his struggles towards winning the Olympics.
John John Florence is one of the best surfers the world has seen. His captivating personality makes people wonder how one person can be so talented in different things. The surfer's YouTube videos will make you want to become a surfer too. He does it with so much ease and poise.
He is also the Ineos 1:59 Challenge record holder. Meeting Patrik Sang, the former Olympic steeplechase medalist, in 2001 inspired the 16-year old Eliud to start training.