The bright young thing
It seems disingenuous to say that the character of Ollie was not inspired by JJF, a surprisingly blonde kid growing up on the North Shore before exploding onto the surf scene.
But here’s the thing. Ollie wasn’t inspired by John John Florence.
Still, watching JJF’s style of surf, all air and grace, and hearing about his childhood with his brothers and Kolohe Andino. It definitely reflects some of the things I saw in Ollie. They’re just so different underneath.
John John is Pipeline’s touchstone, he’s won there four times. He’s a powerful pipe surfer with a wonderful aerial style. He’s spectacular, he’s Hawaiian. And I looked at pictures of him surfing over and over while I wrote.