John John Florence Qualifies for US Olympic Surf TeamDecember 19, 2019, 6:00 PM HST (Updated December 22, 2019, 9:28 PM)
Haleiwa’s John John Lawrence has secured a spot on the United States’ Olympic team in surfing’s debut at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
KHON2 reports that the two-time World Surf League World Champion “clinched” the spot with a quarterfinal finish at the Billabong Pipeline Masters in Memory of Andy Irons during Thursday’s event on the North Shore of O’ahu.
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Also contending for a spot on the Olympic team was world-renowned surfer Kelly Slater, who took home his third Vans Triple Crown title during the Pipeline Masters, the first one since 1998.