Filipe Toledo (BRA) becomes the first Championship Tour (CT) surfer to have repeat wins this 2017 season after winning the Hurley Pro at Trestles. The final against current world number one, Jordy Smith (ZAF) went down in a game of strategies. Jordy’s strategy was to wait for the best waves he could get, while Filipe tried to catch as many waves as he could.
The Brazilian air master started the heat with an aerial maneuver on his very first wave, earning a 4.67. Then he added another good 5.23 ride off a floater and a few snaps to put pressure on the South African. Toledo took off on his third wave and displayed an array of beautiful turns finishing strong with an 8.0 wave score. Jordy tried to paddle into his first wave right after Filipe took off on his third wave, but the South African bailed out of the wave.
Filipe’s 8 point ride:
The first actual exchange happened around the 15-minute mark. Toledo dropped into a wave and started with a front side float, a couple of carves and a snap, finishing off with a front side air reverse to earn a 7.67. Smith answered back with a combination of a floater and a couple of exquisite turns, earning a 9.0.
Jordy’s 9.0 ride:
Toledo kept a comfortable lead after the exchange. He took off on another wave trying to top the 7.67 but only earned a 6.87. But the pressure was on Jordy Smith as the clock wound down. In the dying seconds of the final, Jordy took off on a critical wave but went down and wasn’t able to complete a maneuver. Time ran out and Filipe Toledo bagged the Hurley Pro 2017. The final score: 15.67 vs. 9.33.
This win puts the Brazilian back into the World Title race, climbing 2 spots up to 7th place, now with 34,450 points. Jordy Smith, on the other hand, kept his Jeep yellow jersey after a strong 2nd place finish at the Hurley Pro, adding an additional 8000 points to his total of 45,850 and inching away from 2016 World Champion, John John Florence who trails close by with 43,400 points after a solid semifinals finish.
In a year when there are several world title contenders eligible to win the title by the end of the 8th Championship Tour event, there is still no sure way to tell who will come out as this year’s World Champion. There are 30,000 points left to earn in the last three events of the season. Who will be the ultimate winner by the end of the 2017 Billabong Pipe Masters? Tell us who your bets are in the comments section below!
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