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Florence claims Triple Crown

December 11, 2011
The Maui News

FIRST PHOTO: John John Florence of Oahu became the youngest ever to win the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing with his equal-fifth finish Saturday in the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons. Florence lost to 11-time Association of Surfing Professionals world champion Kelly Slater 17.53-16.70 in the quarterfinals at the Banzai Pipeline, but the 19-year-old North Shore surfer still finished first in the Triple Crown standings with 13,060 points, edging Tahiti's Michel Bourez (12,930).

SECOND PHOTO: Kieren Perrow is carried off the beach after winning the Billabong Pipe Masters on Saturday. Perrow beat fellow Aussie Joel Parkinson 13.17-7.00 in the final.

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Association of Surfing Professionals / Kelly Cestari photo



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