Adrian Buchan Wins Billabong Pro Tahiti

buchan-winsAustralian surfer Adrian “Ace” Buchan claimed the Billabong Pro title, defeating 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater in the final at barreling Teahupo’o. It was an exciting final heat in Tahiti as solid four-to-six foot waves challenged surfers to select the waves with the most scoring potential while using their priority wisely. Goofy-footer Buchan found solid left-handed tube rides to secure the win and take out Slater who went for a right-hander in the final minutes of the heat.

“I can’t believe it,” Buchan said. “Kelly (Slater) is incredible and I thought he snatched it for me at the end. I couldn’t go right…but I probably should have. I still can’t believe it. It hasn’t sunk in. What an incredible day though. The sun came out during the last five minutes and it’s all just really special right now” said an emotional Buchan while being interviewed on the boat in the channel. The win at Teahupo’o boosts Ace to World No. 10 in the 2013 ASP WCT rankings and advances Slater to No. 1.

Buchan also defeated two-time world champion Mick Fanning in the Semifinals who currently sits in the World No. 2 spot.

“I knew I had to step it up today,” Buchan said. “Had to plow through some big names today. Every time I paddled out, I told myself that I only had to catch two waves. That was my mantra through each heat and it worked out well for me.”
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Slater hit the sharp, shallow reef several times throughout the competition, once getting sucked over the falls after pulling an aerial while kicking out. Teahupo’o is known for punishing surfers with unforgiving poundings at the reef pass in Tahiti. It wasn’t too long ago that surfer Keala Kennely suffered a gnarly wipeout, bouncing off the coral reef and hitting her face. Jordy Smith has also met the reef in the past and dislocated a rib.

“Took a few poundings out there today for sure,” Slater said. “Felt like I dislocated my shoulder at one point but it feels okay now. The waves were really fun today and Ace (Adrian Buchan) just happened to get those two gems at the start of the heat. Those two were the ones and I would have preferred a win, but Ace has been in really good form all day and he’s a deserving winner.”
John John Florence was award the Andy Irons Most Committed Award for the Billabong Pro for his performance at the event. Florence nailed a perfect 10 in the Quarterfinal against Buchan and finished equal fifth.

“I’m very honored to be awarded the AI Most Committed Award,” Florence said. “He was a mentor to me and all my friends growing up. We all miss AI. We all still look up to him and what he did in the water. I obviously wanted to do better in the event, but if I couldn’t make it any further, this award is pretty much the most special one I could win. Looking forward to the next one.”

The ASP World Tour heads to Trestles for the Hurley Pro September 15-21, 2013.

BILLABONG PRO TAHITI FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Adrian Buchan (AUS) 18.94
2 – Kelly Slater (USA) 17.90

BILLABONG PRO TAHITI SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 18.67 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.80
SF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 16.73 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 7.67

BILLABONG PRO TAHITI QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.07 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 7.06
QF 2: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 19.17 def. John John Florence (HAW) 17.33
QF 3: Kai Otton (AUS) 16.54 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 13.90
QF 4: Kelly Slater (USA) 16.86 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 8.66

CURRENT ASP WCT TOP 5 (Following Billabong Pro Tahiti):
1. Kelly Slater (USA) 38,950 pts
2. Mick Fanning (AUS) 37,900 pts
3. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 30,700 pts
4. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 29,200 pts
5. Taj Burrow (AUS) 25,400 pts

Alejo Muniz, Carissa Moore Take Vans US Open Titles

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Vans US Open of Surfing

After a week of competition in front of a packed beach at Huntington Beach Pier Brazilian surfer Alejo Muniz has won the Vans US Open of Surfing, taking home a huge purse prize of $100,000 and a healthy amount of ASP Tour points as the Men’s 2013 World Championship Tour hits the halfway mark. Muniz beat local Orange County surfer Kolohe Andino in the finals in peaky one-to-three foot waves with progressive surfing and key wave selection.

Muniz’s two-wave-total included a combined 8.43, attacking the wave with frontside turns, and a 7.80 on his backside speeding towards the pier. Andino scored a 7.77 but couldn’t find another strong score to match Muniz. The Brazilian natural footer also defeated Australian Mitch Crews, an awesome feat as Crews’ progressive surfing set the bar in each of his heats, pushing the score set higher and challenging his match-ups to go bigger with more power. But ultimately it was Muniz who would claim The Open title in front of the massive crowd in Huntington Beach.

“I’m so happy, I can’t believe it,” Muniz said. “Today marks the four-year anniversary of my grandfather’s passing and I’d like to dedicate this win to him. This is the biggest win of my career and it’s the biggest crowd I’ve ever surfed in front of. I was putting everything in to this event and the work paid off. I think I surfed smart all week and it’s been amazing.” The win in Huntington moves Muniz up in the world rankings from No. 24 to No. 15.

“Congratulations to Alejo,” said runner-up Andino, who took down Bede Durbidge in the semifinals. “He surfed amazing all week. It would have been nice to win, but I just couldn’t find a second wave and I’m happy that I made the final.”11-times ASP World Champion Kelly Slater fell early in the contest to Michael Bourez in Round 24. Neither US Open title defender, Julian Wilson or Lakey Peterson made it through to the quarterfinals this year.

Carissa Moore (HAW)

Carissa Moore (HAW)

For the women’s event it was Carissa Moore who would take The Open title and move to the world No. 1 spot, bumping Tyler Wright to No. 2. Moore defeated local surfer Courtney Conlogue in the finals with a strong two wave total of 8.17 and 7.83. Conlogue caught two waves in the last five minutes of the heat but could not find the scores to secure the win.
“To be honest I’m a little shocked right now because I thought Courtney (Conlogue) won when the crowd erupted on that last wave,” Moore said. “I was definitely nervous at the end of that heat. It’s such an honor to win this event in front of this big crowd. I feel amazing!”

Conlogue was on fire throughout her heats in front of a hometown crowd at The Open. She took out Wright in the semifinals and now sits third in world rankings with two events left on the ASP Women’s WCT Tour this year. This will be Moore’s third ASP win of the 2013 season and the first event for the Women’s WCT Tour since May, after Roxy Pro Biarritz was postponed due to lack of waves.
“It was definitely an amazing heat and Carissa (Moore), she’s been surfing really well,” Conlogue said. “With everyone screaming and the crowd on the pier I definitely wanted to win. I was trying to be progressive and surfing the best that I could.”

The world’s largest surfing competition is over, but not without a fight. The Open drew some unwanted attention as the eight-day festival ended with a riot on Main St. across from the Huntington Beach Pier as police tried to disperse the crowd. Property was damaged, including the storefront of EasyRider Bike & Skate Shop.

The Men’s World Championship Tour heads to Teahupoo for the Billabong Pro while the Women’s WCT heads back to France with hope of better waves in Biarritz.


VANS US OPEN OF SURFING MEN’S FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Alejo Muniz (BRA) 16.23
2 – Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.54

VANS US OPEN OF SURFING WOMEN’S FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 16.00
2 – Courtney Conlogue (USA) 15.27

By: Jenna Goldberg
Photo credit: ASP/ROWLAND

Vans US Open of Surfing Hits HB July 20th 2013

huntington-beach-pier   Get ready for the circus! The Vans US Open of Surfing 2013 kicks off July 20th in Huntington Beach, a short walk across the street from Jack’s Surfboards on Main St. The Vans US Open of Surfing is the world’s largest surfing competition and grows bigger every year. The week-long festival combines surfing, skateboarding, BMX, and free concerts, featuring Modest Mouse, The Faint and Matt Costa.

The first US Open of Surfing competition was held in Surf City back in 1959, today The Open is an ASP World Tour prime event, celebrated alongside an epic festival on the beach. For surfers, competing in the The Open is a career milestone and taking the title is a huge win for both the men’s and women’s professional tours. Past Open champions include Tom Curren, Occy, Kelly Slater, Andy Irons, Rob Machado, CJ Hobgood, Linda Benson, Joyce Hoffman and Carissa Moore.

The top surfers in the world will compete south of Huntington Beach Pier, running the men’s and women’s ASP Prime main events, junior competitions and Joel Tudor’s Duct Tape Tour longboarding competition. Contestants of the men’s main event include Kelly Slater, Adriano De Souza, Josh Kerr and Yadin Nicol.

Defending US Open title holder Julian Wilson currently sits ninth on the world tour. Wilson finished fifth at the Oakley Pro Bali, falling to Nat Young in the quarterfinals. Another surfer to watch is Huntington Beach local Brett Simpson, who has two Open titles but claims the pressure isn’t on to win a third.

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“I really don’t see it as pressure, but more as excitement,” Simpson said. “I always have nerves going into every event and every heat but that’s what keeps me coming back every time! The cool part is knowing that I have done it before, so that gives me some nice confidence. I will try to look back and remember those feelings and bring them along for the ride into this US Open!”
The Open is the only ASP Prime rated event in Mainland America for 2013, and every California surfer competing in the event is hungry for a win at home

“For us competing in the US Open has been an honor,” Tanner Gudauskas of San Clemente said. “It was something that we [brothers Pat and Dane] would always ask our parents to take us to when we were kids just so we could get autographs and see our favorite surfers in real life. So to me it would be a huge deal to do well. The circus that surrounds the event just seems to heighten the surfing and pushes the level. I’ve always had a blast when competing in the event and had a couple really special moments competitively here!”

Both Tanner Gudauskas and Conner Coffin are US Open Pro Junior champions. This will be Coffin’s first year competing in the men’s main event as a wildcard.

Another Santa Barbara surfer hunting for The Open title is Lakey Peterson in the women’s event. Peterson won the women’s US Open title in 2012 and finished runner-up at the Open in 2011. She currently sits 6th on the Women’s World Championship Tour.
The last women’s world tour event was back in May, after the Roxy Pro Biarritz was canceled then rescheduled due to lack of swell. Tyler Wright won the last event in Brazil and is currently leading the women’s world tour in front of Carissa Moore and Sally Fitzgibbons.

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The women’s surfing final is set for Sunday July 28th at 12:10 pm with the men’s surfing final directly after at 12:45 pm. The surfing awards ceremony follows the finals at 1:20 pm.

Watch hot young talent surf the pier in the juniors competition; the Junior Women’s final will be held Saturday July 27th at 2:45 pm with the Junior Men’s final directly after at 3:15 pm.

The top longboarders in the world will compete in Joel Tudor’s Duct Tape Invitational presented by Pacifico, which runs at high noon on Saturday July27th. Contestants include Alex Knost, Tyler Warren, Ryan Burch and Harrison Roach- no leashes, just logs.
Catch some surf culture at The Strand Shorebreak hotel located on 5th Street where Joel Tudor’s documentary premiere will be held Saturday July 27th from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Other happenings include the induction ceremony for the Surfing Walk of Fame and Surfers’ Hall of Fame on located on Main St.

Overwhelmed by all of the activities to come? We’ll help you get ready with US Open of Surfing official shirts, tanks and hats. Get ‘em before you go on the Jack’s Surfboard website.

If you can’t make the event you can watch the action live at vansusopenofsurfing.com.

Parko Surfs Perfect Heat, Wins Oakley Pro Bali

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Reigning world champion surfer Joel Parkinson wins the Oakley Pro Bali after having surfed the perfect heat, claiming two 10-point barrel rides in Round 5 vs. John John Florence. From there he defeated Michel Bourez in the finals in four-to-six foot surf at the famous right-hand wave, Keramas.
“Over the years I’ve been coming here, there have been odd moments where you get a wave like that but never the kind of frequency we had in that heat,” Parko said. “That was just magic. We were throwing away 9s and John (Florence) was nearly sticking 8-foot corked out rotations. The kid can do it all and he was never one I was going to take lightly.”

This sends the 2012 world champion from seventh to third on the ASP World Tour ratings, hot on the heels of good mate Mick Fanning and Kelly Slater. The Oakley Pro Bali marks midseason of the Dream Tour and is Parko’s first event win of the year.
“That was amazing,” Parko said. “That was the coolest experience coming up the sand. It wasn’t the greatest of the finals and I knew it wasn’t over. I figured if I got the best wave towards the end figured I’d have a chance. Michel (Bourez) ripped and was probably the most in form surfer of the event. I dropped off my four fin back to my three fin and just didn’t get a good pump in that one good barrel and was hoping it didn’t lose me the final. From then on I knew I had to go to do turns.”

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The next stop on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour will be the Billabong Pro Teahupo. Last year Fanning took down Parko in the finals to take the win at Teahupoo, watch the event August 15-26.

OAKLEY PRO BALI FINAL RESULTS:


1 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 13.86
2 – Michel Bourez (PYF) 12.67

 

Volcom Fiji Pro: Slater with the Win, John John takes MVP

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2013 Volcom Fiji Pro champion Kelly Slater. Photo: Bielmann

Blue skies, blue waves, and up to 10 foot, cloudbreak barrels repeatedly came in Fiji, making the 2013 Volcom Fiji Pro an amazing event to take part of. In the end, it was the top dog, Kelly Slater, beating out the Aussie, Mick Fanning, and getting a perfect 10 run, to take the win. Slater ripped and snapped every wave, and rode out of some gnarly barrels that were closing up quickly.  The guy is 41, and is still getting perfect scores in heats. Without a doubt, Slater is the best surfer as of now, and a staple in surfing history. It was an awesome show by the American, who, I guess, wasn’t in the wrong by showing up “fashionably late”, only to take the lead in the ASP standings in the end.
The competition was getting pretty cut throat towards the end, with Slater, Mick Fanning, CJ Hobgood, and John John Florence making it to the Semi-Finals.  Each one got their turn with the pristine Fijian waves, which graciously produced amazing barrels for each of them.
Our own, John John Florence, ended up walking away with the New Era x Volcom Pro Fiji MVP Award. Even though he lost in the semis to Slater, John John surfed hard, keeping the top dog on his toes throughout the heat. Florence’s consistency through the heat is what won him the award, though. Pretty good for the young gun who has been out of the ASP World Tour up until now, wrecking his ankle on an air all the way back on the Gold Coast. A real winner in my book.
Scoring for the Volcom Fiji Pro is as follows;

VOLCOM FIJI PRO FINAL:
1 – Kelly Slater (USA) 19.80
2 – Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.87
VOLCOM FIJI PRO SEMIFINALS RESULTS:
SF 1: Kelly Slater (USA) 18.17 def. John John Florence (HAW) 14.00
SF 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.07 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 16.70
VOLCOM FIJI PRO QUARTERFINALS RESULTS:
QF 1: John John Florence (HAW) 19.06 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.67
QF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 20 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 4.10
QF 3: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 7.77 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 7.50
QF 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.13 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 11.83

Next up is the Oakley Pro in Bali, Indonesia, with the top 5 standings as follows;
Kelly Slater (26950)
Mick Fanning (26200)
Jordy Smith (23450)
Taj Burrow (19700)
Adriano de Souza (19000)

It’s going to be sick.
By Jeramy Waterman

The ASP Volcom Pro – Fiji

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It’s June, and the Volcom Pro in Fiji has just kicked off. The top dogs in surfing have gathered in one of the most beautiful islands in the world, in order to do what they do best. The sun is shining, the air and water are warm, and the waves are at a height between 4 and 6 feet. Couldn’t be better. The professionals will not only be fighting for the points within the ASP brackets, but also a solid $450,000 prize purse. Returning to the water in the Volcom Pro will be Jack’s own, John John Florence, after suffering from an ankle injury in the Gold Coast. Watch this kid, he’s sick.
So, with all the shredders warmed up and in the running, the Volcom Pro in Fiji is most definitely going to be a feat to keep your eyes on. It’s gonna get ill.

Coming into the Volcom Pro, the ASP top 5 standings are as follows:

1. Adriano de Souza (BRA)
2. Jordy Smith (ZAF)
3. Mick Fanning (AUS)
4. Kelly Slater (USA)
5. Taj Burrow (AUS)

Who will Boast at the Gold Coast? The ASP World Tour begins…

aspThe time of year has come again. The air is getting warmer; the plants are filling out; and yes, the ASP World Tour is about to be underway. As die-hard surfers, and hodads alike, make their way to Queensland, Australia, to see the best surfers known, one question is on everyone’s mind. Who is going to take the Gold Coast this year in the Quicksilver Pro?

The man most have their eyes on is veteran surfer, Taj Burrow. This Aussie native slashed, snapped, and carved his way to the top of the podium last year, but not easily. Right on TB’s fin was the young, but seasoned, Adriano de Souza, with his quick turns and stylish aerials. This Brazilian ripped his way through round after round of great natives, such as Josh Kerr and Owen Wright, making his way all the way to finals, only to be defeated by Burrow. But this loss was nothing new to Souza.

This most recent placement may have been nothing but salt on the wound for Souza, previously knowing what it is like to be bumped down by the Australian OG. In the last three years, Tb has consistently managed to knock Adriano off the bracket, and onto the beach. Taj was the better of the match in the quarterfinals in 2010, the fifth round in 2011, and for the number one spot in 2012. Also, two out of the last three years, the Gold Coast was ran by Taj, with the exception of 2011, when, the Legend himself, Kelly Slater, charged into first. Now put yourself in his shoes; being beaten by the same person, THREE YEARS IN A ROW! Wouldn’t you want a bit of revenge?

Obviously, we cannot exclude some of the other great surfers in the line up. Every rider in the Association of Surfing Professionals has a chance to win, in every event, in any country’s waters. One man, or kid, to watch is the up and coming John John Florence. Taking sporadic wins here and there within all leagues of the ASP, this youth has what it takes to air his way to the podium. With his new, fast, aggressive style of surfing, John John’s ambition may prove itself on the Gold Coast. And lets not forget the other top dingos in the game, such as Mick Fanning,

Julian Wilson, and Joel Parkinson. Let’s be certain that all of these keg pumpers are all drooling to take the first bite of the season’s events, and will not be easily tamed.

With Adriano de Souza’s surfing being somewhat like Scar to Taj Burrow’s Mufasa, some wonder if he will fall to the stereotype of other Brazilian surfers, and let his aggression push the Aussies out of the way. Or will Souza remain the calm and collected professional that he truly deserves to be seen as? Either way, one great fact remains. The ASP World Tour is closing in, and another great season has begun. Go catch your barrel.

Looking Forward to the 2013 ASP World Tour

association-surfing-professionals-logo1One of the great things about being a fan of competitive surfing is the short offseason. It seems like the Pipe Masters competition—and one of the best world-title races in years—just finished up, and we’re already less than two months from the 2013 World Tour kicking off at Snapper Rocks on March 2. Here are a few of the things we’re looking forward to on the 2013 World Tour.


New Cast of Characters
There are a few new rookies on tour for 2013. Sebastien Zietz is in after tearing through the Vans Triple Crown on his home court. Nat Young’s in via solid performances at Prime and Six Star events. Taylor Knox retired with style. Patrick Gudauskas, Yadin Nicol, and Heitor Alves are all relegated to alternate positions for the year (which means they stand a good chance of getting into a few events). We’ll miss seeing some of these guys at every event, but we’re excited to see how guys like Sebastian and Nat fare against the current top pros.

Sophomore Season for Last Year’s Rookie Class
Along with that, 2013 should see last year’s rookies—John John, Gabriel Medina, Kolohe Andino—hitting their stride on tour. For Kolohe, that might mean making the final series of a few events. For John John and Gabriel—well, no one would be that shocked if either of those guys won the world title next year.

Parko, Kelly, and Mick
For a few years there it seemed like Parko might go down as one of the best competitive surfers to never win a world title. But in 2012 he put together one of the most consistent seasons in recent memory, capped with that victory at surfing’s center court, Pipeline. And Kelly and Mick gave Parko a good challenge throughout. With all three of these guys still somehow at the peak of their powers, and with one of the best crops of young tour surfers we’ve ever seen, the 2013 World Tour might be even better than last year’s—and we don’t have to wait long to see it.

Breaking Down the 2012 Title Race

It looks like the ASP World Title race between Joel Parkinson, Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning is going to be as contestable as the 2012 presidential election, with Kelly playing President Obama, Parko as Mitt Romney and Mick Fanning playing the unlikely successor, but still hopeful Roseanne Barr.

Here’s the breakdown as the ASP moves to Hawaii for the 30th Triple Crown: Parko is currently in first place with 53900 total points, closely behind is Slater with a total 50700 points and still in the title hunt is Fanning with a total 47000 points.  For either of these three men to win the world title there are a plethora of if/then scenarios that must occur:

  • If Parko finishes 5th or lower at Pipeline:
  • then Slater needs a 5th or better to win his unprecedented 12th world title;
  • then Fanning needs to win the contest to win the title (Slater cannot finish 5th or better)

  • If Parko finishes 3rd at Pipeline:
  • then Slater needs a 3rd or better win the title;
  • then Fanning needs to win the contest to win the title (Slater cannot finish 5th or better)

  • If Parko finishes 2nd at Pipeline:
  • then Slater needs to win at Pipeline while simultaneously becoming the ASP champ;
  • then Fanning cannot win the title

  • If Parko wins at Pipeline then he will be the 2012 ASP champ.

Let’s take a look at the past to try to forecast the future.  Last year Parko took down Kelly in the semifinals and Fanning did not surf the event.  During the 2010 Billabong Pipeline Masters, Kelly made it to the semifinals again, while both Parko and Fanning lost in the third round.  In the 2009 contest, Kelly lost in the final, Fanning lost in the quarters, and Parko lost in the third round.

Personally, I think Kelly is too strong of a competitor to lose the title when it is within arms reach.  That being said, Parko’s three Triple Crown victories and Fanning’s two World Titles cannot be ignored, but an incumbent is hard to dethrone and Kelly has proven time and time again that he is king.

Three Lessons Learned from the Quiksilver Pro France

__id-199-5-victoire_kellyIf you live on the west coast of the U.S., you probably think of the European leg of the ASP World Tour as the surf competitions that are on really late at night. In case you were sleeping while the world’s best surfers were battling it out, here are three things we learned at the Quiksilver Pro France.

The Title Race is Going to Come Down to the Wire
Coming into the France stop, Mick Fanning led the title race, and a win there could’ve made it pretty hard for anyone to catch him. But Mick went down in round three, and Kelly, Joel, and John John all made the semis or better, tightening an already tight race. Those four surfers are all within 7,000 points of each other, so it’s tough to imagine that the title will be mathematically decided before the last stop at Pipeline.
What’s great about this title race is that all four of these surfers are at the top of their game. Kelly continues to get better with age, Mick and Joel have refined their acts and are surfing almost flawlessly, and John John has largely figured out how to use his top-notch free-surfing abilities within competition. Some years the winner—usually Kelly—runs away with the title because no one’s surfing consistently enough to challenge him. This year there are four surfers surfing at some of the highest levels we’ve ever seen, and any one of them could win it.

To Win France, You Have to Get Lucky
The beachbreak at Le Graviere might be shiftier than any stop on tour, even Brazil. The waves were incredible, especially on the last day, but you had to hope that you stayed out of a rip long enough and got lucky enough for one to come right to you, and then you had to hope that the barrel stayed open long enough for you to make it out without snapping your board.
Bad luck is what brought down Mick Fanning. As the number one seed, Mick was paired up with the lowest seed in round three, a wildcard. Typically that’s a big advantage, but the wildcard this time was Dane Reynolds—not your typical just-happy-to-be-competing-with-the-big-boys wildcard. Mick’s second stroke of bad luck was that he just didn’t get any waves in that heat, and Dane got more than enough to take Mick out.

Dane Still Rips
Dane Reynolds’s run to the finals, where he lost to Kelly, was probably the most enjoyable part of the contest. Dane’s never been the most consistent competitor, but the shifty but heavy beachbreak peaks seemed to play perfectly into his devil-may-care style. He didn’t have to think much about priority or other competitive tactics—never his strong suit—and was free to just go out there and surf. And watching Dane surf is always a treat.
Dane had some good luck to go with his great surfing. He won two heats—one against Mick, one against Kolohe Andino—not so much because of his surfing but more because his opponent literally drifted out to sea. All Dane had to do was avoid the rips long enough to score a few points. And Dane won his semi-final against John John by the smallest of margins—it could’ve gone either way, but Dane won the coin flip.
But it seems that even the luckiest surfer can’t match Kelly Slater on a hot streak, and Dane didn’t seem like much of a match for Kelly in the final. That’s two wins in a row for Kelly, and he seems like he’s on a roll. We’ll see if anyone can stop him at the next late-night stop, in Portugal.