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Florence overcomes illness to win Da Hui Backdoor Shootout.

Updated: January 7, 2011, 1:30 PM ET
By Daniel Ikaika Ito

The 2011 Da Hui Backdoor Shootout champion John John Florence was sick at Pipe -- literally. The 18-year-old, North Shore native experienced vomitting the day before, and woke up on the final day with a fever. A west/northwest swell brought heavy 10 to 12-foot bombs to Pipeline. Florence hydrated in the morning, and rallied in the fourth and last round of competition yesterday.

John John Florence was sick figuratively, as well. Righs were rare, but Florence found a double-overhead ...

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