John John Florence was unstoppable during the second event of the Australian leg of the 2017 Championship Tour! The 24-year-old Hawaiian outpaced everyone in the contest and got back the leader’s yellow jersey. The defending World Champion is here, on point.
A first matchup in Final between Florence & Andino
Defeating Kolohe Andino in final, John John gets his best result at Margaret River! And he did execute well… With an average heat score of 18.07, he is far ahead of the other competitors (3.58 points ahead of his closest competitor, Sebastian Zietz!) and gets 4 of the 8 best heat scores of the event (with only 6 heats surfed since he did not need to surf Round 2 and Round 5). With such a high level of performance, it’s no surprise to see him inflict (all alone) 7 of the 15 combos of the contest. Two times he was very close to score a perfect heat with a total of 19.27. With 9 waves over 9 points, this is not surprising at all.
On his side, Kolohe, for his third final in a Championship Tour event, could not match John’s level (even at the end with a nice air-reverse on his last wave). He’ll have to wait another time to clinch his first event win on the CT. Nevertheless, Kolohe stands at the 3rd place in the WSL Championship Tour Rankings and confirms his rise following his 4th place finish in the rankings last year.
The beautiful recovery goes on for Wright
After his severe head injury that had forced him to forfeit last season, his victory at Snapper looked like a fairy tale.
Necessarily, the Australian knew he was observed for this second event and he didn’t disappoint us.
Defeated by the amazing Jack Freestone, Owen confirms his excellent season’s start despite the loss of the leader’s jersey previously acquired.
The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach will be interesting to follow because Owen has never reached the quarter-finals in this event.
Wilko & Medina’s disappointing results after Snapper
The Australian and the Brazilian have brilliantly started the season with respectively a final and a semi-final to their credit.
Unfortunately, they failed at the wild event of the West Australia, both eliminated as early as the second round!
With this very bad result, they have already burnt one of the two jokers offered by the WSL rules (Note: at the end of the season, the two worst results of each surfer are not included in the final classification).
But where is Mick Fanning?
The big surprise of the beginning of this year is certainly on the side of the three-time Australian world champion Mick Fanning!
After two rounds, he was relegated to the 22nd place in the overall ranking.
This results from an elimination in the 3rd round at Snapper and at the second round at Margaret River.
It’s simple, Mick never started a season with so little points after two events.
We can’t wait for the Bells Beach event that he already won four times!