Jeremy Flores

Jeremy Flores is the most successful European pro surfer of all time. His three Championship Tour victories include a pair of Pipe Masters (2010, 2017) and the Billabong Pro Teahupo’o (2015), two of the world’s most revered waves. He grew up on Reunion Island, but moved to France as a young teen to pursue his pro surfing dream. Flores joined the Tour in 2007 at the age of 18, and he turned in one of the most successful freshman seasons in Tour history, finishing No. 8 in the world and winning the Rookie of the Year award. A polarizing figure by his own admission, his current public persona goes something like this: incredible tube rider, uncompromising competitor, never one to duck a question in a post-heat interview. But what's perhaps less appreciated, and certainly less likely to go wide, are some of his philanthropic deeds. He sponsored Johanne Defay to do the Tour, he's built a training center to help develop youth talent in Hossegor. He's been a quiet benefactor to other causes in the broader surfing family, and he's made a film about the shark situation in his native Reunion Island. Flores entered the final event of the 2017 season on the qualification bubble, but his last-second win over John John Florence during at the Pipe Masters lifted him to 15th on the Jeep Leaderboard, and secured his reputation as one of the world’s best.