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The Year in Surfing: 2012 in Review

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The Rise of John Florence

Photograph By Jason Kenworthy

When Florence was a 12-year-old taking off at Pipe, the skeptics noted, "John John's good, but he's going to burn out." In his first full year on the world tour, he won the Billabong Pro in Rio and was in contention for the title all the way to the end.