The Hawaiian Kingdom Honors John Florence’s Record Setting 2016 Surfing Performance with Pono Award
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 10 March, 2017 - Everyone’s favorite Hawaiian surfer, John Florence, was recently presented with a special award in recognition of his record-setting professional surfing performance in 2016. The Pono Award recognizes John’s winning three of professional surfing’s most prestigious titles - all in a single year, the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau, the World Surf League World Tour Championship and the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.
John Florence is the first surfer to win all three of these prestigious titles in a single year in the history of the sport of competitive surfing. The Pono Award was presented to John Florence on behalf of the North Shore community in which he grew up and also on behalf of the people of the nation of Hawai’i, Ke Aupuni o Hawai’i, The Hawaiian Kingdom.
The award is a 3 by 3 foot, koa framed, archival poster of John Florence smiling and holding up the Hawaiian National Flag (hae Hawai i) in victory just after he learned that he had won the 2016 WSL World Surfing Tour Championship Title on October 25th 2016 while competing in Peniche, Portugal. The picture is flanked by a picture of John John as a 10 year old north shore grom and as John Florence, pro surfer and the WSL 2016 World Surfing Tour Champion.
Above the award the inscription reads - “This Award is Presented on Behalf of the North Shore Community and the People of the Nation of Hawai’i to John Florence to Honor and Recognize Your Accomplishments in the Hawaiian Sport of Surfing in the Year 2016, Your Lifelong Commitment to the Highest Degree of Surfing Excellence and to the Progression of Our Sport and Your Profound Aloha for the Aina and Kai of the Nation of Hawai’i - Mahalo Nui Loa”