The Quiver Of A Little Big Man

On the North Shore of O’ahu, you gotta be prepared. One day you could be surfing skatepark-like Ehukai and the next day fighting for your life on a Sunset Beach hold-down. This crazy fluctuation of conditions calls for a quiver stocked with boards for every occasion. John John Florence, who calls Pipeline his home break, has more boards than most surfers twice his age-and he uses every single one of ’em (all boards shaped by John Pyzel).

John John Florence, twelve years old.Height: 4′ 10″Weight: 75 lbs.

1. 4’0″, 14 1/2″ wide, 1 1/2″ thick tow board.”I’ve ridden this at Puerto and Phantoms in like fifteen-foot waves. Herbie Fletcher towed me in.”

2. 4’10”, 16 5/8″ wide, 2″ thick glass-on single fin.”This board is super loose and good for doing floaters. It goes really fast, too.”

3. 5’1″, 15″ wide, 1 1/2″ thick squashtail tow board. “I haven’t ridden this board yet.”

4. 5’0″, 16 5/16″ wide, 1 15/16″ thick squashtail.”I’ll ride this board anywhere the waves are mushy and rippable. It’s really fast and good for airs, reverses, and going straight up. I broke this board, though.”

5. 6’0″, 16 1/4″ wide, 2 1/8″ thick Pipe and Sunset pintail.”I rode this board in the XCEL contest. It’s good for Sunset and stuff like that. I’ll ride it in waves up to eight feet.”

6. 6’6″, 16 3/4″ wide, 2 1/4″ thick Sunset and Pinballs pintail.”I ride this board at Pinballs (Small Waimea). It’s big but loose-it’s good for carves.”

7. 5’5″, 16 1/4″, 1 15/16″ thick round-pin Backdoor special.”This board is good for barrels at Pipe and Backdoor. When I pull in on it-I don’t know … it’s just good.”

8. 32″, 7 3/4″ wide Anti-Hero skateboard “I like to skate at the huge parks in California and Hawai’i. It’s good practice for surfing.”