After 15 years with O’Neill, 20 year old John John Florence has jumped ship and officially signed on with Hurley. Details of his new contract are unknown but I’m sure they will be available shortly.
UPDATE:Â Below is the official press release from Hurley.
Speculation that John was moving became semi-official when the below poster was spotted at theÂ Agenda Trade Show in Long Beach, California this past weekend. It wasn’t until last night when Hurley posted the above video to YouTube that made the deal official. According to Stab Mag, Florence’s deal with O’Neill wasn’t up until September 2013 but thanks to his new high-profile manager Terry Hardy, who also manages Mr. Kelly Slater and who runsÂ ZoSea (the company that is taking over the ASP), he was able to do some negotiating and make the move to Hurley early then expected.
John John now joins a Hurley surf team consisting of Julian Wilson, Kolohe Andino, Miguel Pulpo, Conner Coffin, Carissa Moore, and more.
Hurley Partners With John John Florence: The Future Of Surfing
COSTA MESA, CA â€“JANUARY 8, 2013 â€“ Hurley announced today that it has signed Hawaiian prodigy John John Florence to a five-year agreement. Florence, 20, will lead an already stellar surf team including Julian Wilson, Carissa Moore and Rob Machado, and will drive Hurleyâ€™s award-winning Phantom platform. â€œJohn is the most innovative and talented surfer to come along in the last 20 years,â€ says Hurleyâ€™s VP of Sports Marketing Pat Oâ€™Connell. â€œDream what might be possible in surfing and Iâ€™m sure heâ€™s going to exceed it in the next five years. We just want to support him in every way as he continues to inspire us in all conditions.â€
In just one full year on the ASP World Tour, Florence has already captured the hearts and minds of the surfing world. While still a teenager, he finished fourth in the world, achieved a Triple Crown title, three wins at Pipe, an ASP world tour win, a runner-up at the Surfer Poll and invites to two of the worldâ€™s most prestigious big-wave events. Growing up at Pipeline with his mom and two younger brothers, Florence thrives in surfingâ€™s most high-risk situations and is looking forward to his new beginning with Hurley. â€œI am very grateful and happy to be riding for Hurley, especially at this time of my life,â€ says Florence. â€œTo be able to start 2013 with a new team and good people will ultimately help to accomplish my goals I have set for the future. I am excited to be a part of such an innovative company and canâ€™t wait to see what happens in the years to comeâ€
Florence will help inform the next generation of Phantom boardshorts immediately as he prepares for his sophomore debut on the 2013 ASP World Tour in late February. â€œIâ€™ve always liked to surround myself around magic,â€ said Hurley CEO and Founder Bob Hurley. â€œJohn John has that special talent that only comes around every few decades or so. Itâ€™s a magic that will transcend well beyond our world and will make us all strive to be better. Needless to say, Iâ€™m humbled, honored and so looking forward to supporting John John as he revolutionizes surfing over and over again.â€