The 23-year-old won with a combined score of 301 and is now the youngest to ever win the competition.

“It’s definitely the highlight of my life for sure,” Florence said, after being named the winner. “I was so nervous. I’ve lived here my whole life. It’s the most amazing energy down here. People were just screaming, the energy was just crazy.” – John John Forence

The Eddie only occurs when consistent, rideable waves of at least 30 feet are in Waimea Bay during the narrow three-month winter holding period.

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