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Jeremy Flores


  • Name: Jeremy Flores
  • Date of Birth: 27/04/88
  • Hometown: Hossegor, France

  • Passionate. That’s what Jeremy Flores is. In the water, out of the water, all the time. He was born on Reunion Island, raised in Madagascar and currently resides in France. Jeremy’s talent was recognised early on and he quickly found himself traveling the world with big names like Kelly Slater. That diverse, worldly experience translated to his surfing - he’s powerful, he’s progressive and he’s absolutely fearless when the waves get heavy. So far, he’s won two CT events in his career - 2010 Pipeline Masters and the 2015 Billabong Pro Tahiti - and has consistently remained a must-watch every time he surfs a heat.

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Winning the Pipe Masters once is a competitive surfer's dream. Winning it twice is straight legendary. Congratulations @floresjeremy. Winner of the 2017 (and 2010) Pipeline Masters - “I’m so so stoked! I couldn’t think of any better way to win. I’ve had so many ups and downs the last few years and my goal was to win this event. This is crazy. To everyone who supported me, thank you so much. This is for you.”




The 2010 Pipe Master took out friend and teammate Kanoa Igarashi and World Title hopeful Gabriel Medina en route to the Final against the new WSL Champion. Today's victory was Jeremy's best result of the season and his first CT win since Tahiti in 2015. With that, he rounds out the year at 15th place on the Jeep Leaderboard and solidifies his place on the 2018 CT.


“Winning the Pipe Masters against John John Florence like that in perfect Backdoor in the last seconds, that’s the best way to win,” Flores said. “I couldn’t think of any better way to win this Pipe Master. I’m so, so stoked and there’s a lot of emotions. Congrats to everyone. Congrats to John John and Gabriel, these guys are next level. My goal was to win this event but this is crazy, I’m so happy."


“To be honest, I don’t like to be that guy that’s deciding titles - it should be a showdown between John and Gabriel, these guys work so hard,” Flores continued. “That’s why honestly when I beat Gabriel I felt bad. It’s been an emotional day and yesterday was stressful. I had to make one heat to re-qualify pretty much and I made it with a 4 and a 2. I just wanted to have fun today and I did and the waves showed up. Through all the ups and downs I have so much good support and this is for everyone so thank you. I won this title for France and it doesn’t happen very much!”


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After a slow start to the Final, JJF found the highest score in the heat, a long barrel worth 8.93 points. Jeremy answered with a 7.90, but the World Champ was right behind him with a clean another clean tube for 7.23 points and a solid heat lead. Jeremy was left searching for an 8.27 in order to claim his second Pipe Masters victory, but opportunities were limited and time was winding down. In the final seconds, our boy finally found an opportunity and put it to good use with a deep tube. The crowd waited anxiously for the result. The score? An 8.33. The Quiksilver house lit up, as did Jeremy- your 2017 Pipeline Master!



Congratulations Jeremy!



Images courtesy of the WSL



Our world moves fast. It goes a million miles a minute, spinning at the speed of infinity and never slowing down. You’re here today — fully here, engaged — then you’re gone tomorrow. Onto the next one. A new coast to explore, the next swell to surf, another moment to fall in love with.

Gone Tomorrow celebrates that spirit of now.

The France edition features Mikey February, Connor O’Leary, Zeke Lau, Kanoa Igarashi, Leonardo Fioravanti, Jeremy Flores, Ramzi Boukhiam, Aritz Aranburu, Marc Lacomare, Kael Walsh, Sebastian Williams and Mikey Wright. Filmed over a two week beach break blur, it’s guaranteed to make you want to go surfing.

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Paradise Revealed


White sand. Blue water. Hot days and cold drinks. It’s impossible not to love Fiji — and we haven’t even mentioned the waves yet.


Our CT team is currently enjoying the paradisiacal properties of Tavarua. So is photographer Ryan Miller. He took his lens behind the scenes to give you a taste of what life’s like on the island. So, don’t be shy now — dig in.


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Ever seen a competitor’s area on a boat before? Neither had Connor O’Leary. Here, the rookie enjoys the perks of life on the CT.


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No reason not to smile. Leo Fioravanti.


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Life on the island is pretty laid back. Wiggolly Dantas.


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Give respect. Get respect (and some kava). Zeke Lau enjoys the opening ceremony.


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Bottom’s up — Kanoa Igarashi leans into one.


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Just call it fisheye.


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That’s one way to hide from the rain. Connor O’Leary, seeking shelter.


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Breathe in. Breathe out. Take it all in. Jeremy Flores.


This year, Quiksilver has six surfers on the WSL’s Championship Tour, each representing a different region: Jeremy Flores (FRA), Ezekiel Lau (HAW), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), Kanoa Igarashi (USA), Connor O’Leary (AUS). Ranging in age from 19 to 28, they are the new generation of Quiksilver surfers to make noise on surfing’s biggest stage. Good luck in 2017 boys.


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Jeremy Flores - @floresjeremy


Date Of Birth: 4/27/1988


Hometown: Hossegor, France


Passionate. That’s what Jeremy Flores is. In the water, out of the water, all the time. He was born on Reunion Island, raised in Madagascar and currently resides in France. Jeremy’s talent was recognized early on and he quickly found himself traveling the world with big names like Kelly Slater. That diverse, worldly experience translated to his surfing- he’s powerful, he’s progressive and he’s absolutely fearless when the waves get heavy. So far, he’s won two CT events in his career - 2010 Pipeline Masters and the 2015 Billabong Pro Tahiti - and has consistently remained a must-watch every time he surfs a heat.


Wiggolly Dantas - @wiggolly


Date Of Birth: 12/16/1989


Hometown: Ubatuba, Brazil


Wiggolly Dantas’ surfing speaks for itself. After winning the Quiksilver Saquerema Prime event in 2014, he qualified for the CT and began to unleash his surfing alongside the world’s best. He charges as if there is no tomorrow, or even a slight idea of a tomorrow, and his backhand is powerful enough to make almost any wave disintegrate. Plus, he’s got the airs. The Brazilian is one of the most well-rounded surfers of this generation and you’ll surely see him standing on a podium or in the belly of an oversized wave at Pipeline soon enough.


Kanoa Igarashi - @kanoaigarashi


Date Of Birth: 10/1/1997


Hometown: Huntington Beach


USA Kanoa Igarashi is a truly complete surfer. He’s technical. He’s progressive. He’s consistently surprising and surprisingly consistent. The Japanese-American grew up as a surf prodigy in Huntington Beach, CA and has lived up to every bit of hype. It’s damn near impossible to find a flaw in his game. He’s won a few major WQS events so far in his career, like the 2016 Pantin Classic Galicia Pro and the 2015 Mahalo Surf Eco Festival. And on the CT level, he made the finals of the 2016 Billabong Pipeline Masters during his rookie year. The future may have a lot in store for Kanoa, but Kanoa has even more in store for the future.


Connor O’Leary - @connoroleary


Date Of Birth: 12/10/1993


Hometown: Cronulla, Australia


After an impressive junior career in Australia, Connor O’Leary disappeared into the depths of the WQS for a little while. While his surfing was just as fast, powerful and progressive as ever, it wasn’t translating into the results that he deserved. At one point, he even took up teaching surf lessons in order to gain the funds to keep chasing his dream. And then one day it all clicked: he finished two spots away from qualification in 2015, then made it up to himself by winning the whole series in 2016. His miraculous runincluded a win at the 2016 Ballito Pro. Boom. Just like that, Connor is back to where he belongs.


Leonardo Fioravanti - @lfioravanti


Date Of Birth: 12/8/1997


Hometown: Rome, Italy


Leonardo Fioravanti is no stranger to the surf world. And the surf world is certainly no stranger to him. The Italian charmer has had a spotlight shining on him since before he even hit his teens. And why not? He had eerily good form, a myriad of airs, a fearless approach to fearsome waves and a carve as big as his smile. The world was his, and the hype was inevitable. But those days are over. Leo’s an adult now. He’s had a certain fire in him ever since returning to the water after breaking his back at Pipeline. He qualified for the CT in 2016 at only 18-years-old and he has already beaten both Kelly Slater and 2015 World Champ Adriano de Souza as a wildcard on the WSL. From here on out, Leo’s just going to let his surfing do the talking. Rest assured, the whole world will be listening.


Ezekiel Lau - @zekelau


Date Of Birth: 11/23/1993


Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii


Talent. Motivation. Positivity. And a touch of grit. That’s a formula for success in surfing, and that’s the formula that has taken Zeke Lau to the top. The proud Hawaiian has faced a few major setbacks in his career - including some bouts with back injury - but he always fights hard and comes back. In 2015, he power-surfed his way onto the CT where he’ll be producing big, bold surfing that’ll please judges and spectators alike. His ultimate goal is a World Title. Don’t expect him to sleep until he gets there.


The opening ceremony for the Quiksilver In Memory Of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational is one of surfing’s grandest gatherings. The best big wave riders in the world all converge at Waimea Bay. They come with boards, they come with respect, and they take part in native ceremonies there in the sacred sand. Eventually, they paddle out and form a prayer circle in the lineup — silhouettes of superheroes shadow off into sea as the sun melts into the Pacific. It really is something.







This year's King Of The Groms is turning out to be a worldwide digital expression session. With more than 400 entries and only 3 weeks to go until the end of Round 1, we're frothing on the level of surfing already seen and can't wait to find out who's gonna shred their way through to round 2. Choosing the qualifiers is down to our judges Dane, Ando and Jeremy. Here's the low down from Jezza on his category: #KingOfTheCombo:


What are you looking for from the Round 1 #kingofthecombo contestants?

 

To win the #KingOfTheCombo, we'll need some variation of strong maneuvers and different maneuvers on the same wave. So, the best I think would be to have a good carving maneuver followed by a good air or just a good combo in general.

 

 

Any tips or tricks to a winning combo?

 

I think you don't necessarily want a good wave but you want like 2 crazy maneuvers on the same wave – I think 2 is enough for a good combo. That includes barrels, airs and turns – if you can have all of these on the same wave it’s even better but if not, one barrel with a big air or one big air followed by a big lay back or something like that would be good.

 

Does wave size matter?

 

Of course wave size matters because, the more critical the wave is the more critical the turns get but I already saw some pretty crazy stuff on small waves. I think in bigger sized waves, i’d be a lot more impressed but unfortunately some kids aren't lucky enough to surf really good and big waves so i’ll be taking that in to consideration.

 

 

How important is being able to link manoeuvres into a combo for world qualifying and world tour judging criteria?

 

I think linking combination of maneuvers is the key for success. I think you’ve all seen nowadays, the best surfers in the word like John John Florence, Medina, Toledo.. all these guys they have really good combos. I think if you have good combos and good tricks in your repertoire, you’re able to do really well on the World Qualifying Series and on the WCT. It’s our goal, for all surfers on the world tour to have good combinations of maneuvers.

 

 

You qualified for the WT at just 17, what advice would you give yourself if you could go back today?

 

I qualified when I was 17 years old so I was really young. I was really young at the time but at the same time surfing was always my passion so I couldn't wait to be on tour with legends like Andy Irons, Occy, Kelly, all these guys. So now looking back, i'm glad I got on tour so early because I got to surf with all these guys. I think for all kids these days it's just a great opportunity to be living the dream, the passion, going to surf the best waves in the world with one other guy out so that's the main thing. If you're a surfer, you know, if you love you job then it's the ultimate thing to be on tour.

 

 

Think we might have a future world champ in this year's KOTG?

 

Yes, of course I think we will have a future world champ in this year's King Of The Groms, it might not be the one that wins this year but there's so much talent that I think it's gonna open the world's eyes. Some kids aren't lucky enough to do contests and events so as they post their good combination of maneuvers and they show themselves to the world, it's always a beginning. You know, I think the best kids in the world are going to be posting some crazy surfing in this year's King Of The Groms.

 

 

Our judges, Jeremy Flores (#KingOfTheCombo), Dane Reynolds (#KingOfTheRail) and Craig Anderson (#KingOfTheAir) will each choose 10 entries from their category to go through to round 2. If you're under 18yrs old and haven't posted your entry to this year's Quiksilver King Of The Groms, here's a taster of what you're up against, more info on: quiksilver.com/kotg

Jeremy Flores has made the most of his trip to Africa free surfing uncrowded glassy rights.


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