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John John Florence Takes Down Kelly Slater at Volcom Pipe Pro

The North Shore’s own John John Florence made history yesterday when he was crowned the Volcom Pipe Pro champ. This victory for John John, who’s been a staple in the surf scene since he was old enough to walk, proved to be a milestone: it was his fourth win at the event in five years. And perhaps even better than claiming a win in your own backyard at a prestigious contest like the Volcom Pipe was the fact that John John bested Kelly Slater in the process.

While the duo have a mentor-mentee relationship, Slater, who’s 42 and an 11-time world champ, has trumped the young Hawaiian upstart in two of the most dramatic matchups of last year. For John John, his win yesterday proved to be redeeming.


Our Top 3 Favorite North Shore Beaches

With its expansive golden sand getaways, picturesque mountains, and breath-taking sunsets, it’s no wonder that Turtle Bay has become one of the world’s most sought-after locales to vacation. But with so much adventure, sand, and sun to take in, it can be tough to know where to begin. Well, lucky for you, we’ve got you covered. Below, we’ve highlighted our three favorite North Shore Oahu beaches, in no particular order, for you to bask in the next time you come to Turtle Bay.


Three Things You Need to Know About the North Shore

While the North Shore’s lure is undeniable, there are so many elements to our coastline that some elements can be overlooked. Below, we’ve outlined three key elements to keep in mind before you begin your next trip to the North Shore.

The Surf Doesn’t Have To Be Terrifying

While much of the North Shore’s reputation stems from the undeniably terrifying waves like Pipeline, Sunset and Waimea, what’s often overlooked is the fact that the North Shore is home to a wealth of waves that are accessible to surfers simply looking to have fun. Removed from the seven-mile miracle stand a host of less-than-lethal lineups. You just need to know where to look. Which brings us to our next point...

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