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Three groundbreaking skills we’ve never seen at the Olympics

Surfing

John John Florence


TECHNIQUE
BACKFLIP


Backflips are rare in surf contests, and Florence, known as one of the best aerialists in surfing, has yet to land one in competition. In Tokyo, where Florence will compete between July 25 and Aug. 1, he’ll look for a frontside wave with a steep section and wait for the right moment. “It’ll either be the last seconds of a heat when I need a massive score,” Florence, 28, says, “or when I have a solid lead and room to try a big trick.”

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