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The biggest night in surfing is right around the corner. That’s right, Surfer Awards, the surf world’s annual gala, is returning to Turtle Bay Resort on December 6. For more than five decades, Surfer Magazine has organized the awards show, which sees the publication’s readers vote on their favorite male and female surfers, as well as a host of other awards, including best movie and best maneuver.
On a sun-washed afternoon on O’ahu’s North Shore, a black truck slowly pulls itself down Kamehameha Highway. Seated inside the truck is the newly minted surfing world champ, North Shore local John John Florence. On both sides of the road, throngs of fans cheer and chant his mane. John John! John John! They scream. It’s a moment reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell painting; it’s heartwarming. This is their champ. John John Florence. And he is home.