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HELLO PACITAN PRO GREETED WITH EPIC FORECAST FOR FIRST YEAR AS WSL QS1,000

HELLO PACITAN PRO GREETED WITH EPIC FORECAST FOR FIRST YEAR AS WSL QS1,000

16/08/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 23786256

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HELLO PACITAN PRO GREETED WITH EPIC FORECAST FOR FIRST YEAR AS WSL QS1,000
-  COMPETITION SET TO KICK OFF TOMORROW, THURSDAY 17TH AUGUST 
-  ACTION TO BE BROADCAST LIVE ON WSL WEBSITE
- MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT WORLDSURFLEAGUE.COM

Caption:  The Heavy left-hander at Watu Karung was firing for the warm up session before competition commences at the Hello Pacitan Pro tomorrow. The 'God Father of Indonesian surfing,' Rizal Tandjung (IDN) was all over it before he hits the water in Round 1 Heat  8.
Credit: © WSL /  Tim Hain


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Pacitan, West Java/Indonesia (Wednesday, August 16, 2017) -   The inaugural Hello Pacitan Pro World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 1,000 is set to kick off tomorrow with a promising forecast on the cards. The event will be held at the pristine beach of Watu Karung situated just West of Pacitan City on Indonesia’s island of Java.

The strong international field of 48 male competitors has made the long journey to Watu Karung for what could be the most remote WSL event on the QS calendar.  Since arriving, competitors have been awestruck by the stunning beauty of the entire region which is showcased by the unique bay consisting of shallow and intense but world-class left and right-handers to each of its sides.

These are power packed waves and the competitors have been using the lead in days to familiarise themselves with both breaks which almost break side-by-side and into each other with a narrow channel separating them.

Numerous barrels have been ridden and now we prepare for the event to begin with a solid clean forecast on tap for the entire event. Australia’s Harry Mann is a regular on the WSL Asia QS events and he is excited about the days ahead.

“It’s an amazing location here in Java with such stunning scenery,” Mann said. “The locals are incredibly nice and the accommodation is great. The waves in the area vary in intensity from fun; perfect beach breaks to seriously heavy barreling reef breaks.”

“As far as the event goes, this left barreling wave is serious,” Mann continued. “I feel the Indonesian surfers will have an advantage here and they could be the surfers to beat. There are a lot of emerging surfers from Indo with so much talent. It’s going to be an incredible event.”

For more information and LIVE ACTION of the Hello Pacitan Pro, head to www.worldsurfleague.com and on the WSL App.

This QS1000 competition is part of the Hello Pacitan 2017 event that is organized by PT. Indonesia Media Network and sponsored by the Government of Pacitan, PGN (Perusahaan Gas Negara), Pertamina, Bank BNI, Bank BRI, Bank Mandiri, Jasa Raharja, and Telkom Indonesia, and that also includes a Mountain Bike Enduro and a Culinary Bazaar.
SIARGAO INTERNATIONAL SURFING CUP UPGRADED TO QS3,000 IN 2017

SIARGAO INTERNATIONAL SURFING CUP UPGRADED TO QS3,000 IN 2017

16/08/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 23786230

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SIARGAO INTERNATIONAL SURFING CUP UPGRADED TO QS3,000 IN 2017 
- AUSSIE YOUNGSTER SANDON WHITTAKER TO DEFEND HIS TITLE
- TWENTY-THIRD YEAR OF ONE OF THE PHILIPPINES BIGGEST SPORTING EVENTS
- MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT WORLDSURFLEAGUE.COM

Caption:  The pristine right-hand reef of Cloud 9 has played host to the annual Siargao Surfing Cup for 22 years and its 23rd will be its biggest. Not only has it been upgraded to a World Surf League Qualifying Series 3000 event for the first time but it will be broadcast live to the world at worldsurfleague.com.
Credit: © WSL /  Ed Sloane


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Coolangatta, QLD/AUS (Wednesday, August 16, 2017) - The World Surf League’s (WSL) Asia region is proud to announce that the Siargao Surfing Cup in the Philippines this September has been ungraded to a Qualifying Series (QS) 3,000 event. 

Upgrading from a QS1,500 to a QS3,000 will mean not only more qualifying points on offer for competitors but increased prize money and a larger field that will all be broadcast live on the WSL website. With this in mind, there will no doubt be a hungry pack of QS surfers heading to the famed peak of Cloud 9 for this year’s event. 

Having taken out the event last year at only 16-years-old, Central Coast charger Sandon Whittaker (AUS) will return to Cloud 9 in 2017 to defend his title. The goofy-footer is all too aware of the work he has a head as higher seed surfers will be joining him in paradise this year. 

“I’m stoked the Siargao Surfing Cup is going to be a QS3,000 this year,” Whittaker said. “I can’t wait to get back there it is an amazing place. Cloud 9 is an incredible place and is so much fun to surf in all conditions which makes it great for a contest. Siargao is a tropical paradise, the waters warm, it’s really clean, the food is so good and the waves are epic, plus the locals are really friendly and helpful. It’s going to be a great contest.” 



Caption:  Australian teenager Sandon Whittaker will be returning to the Philippines in 2017 to defend his title of Siargao Surfing Cup Champion.
Credit: © WSL / Tom Bennett


Mayor of General Luna Jamie Russilon is known as the ‘God Father’ of surfing in the Philippines due to his ongoing support of the Filipino surf industry and surfing events in the area. Seeing the Siargao Surfing Cup grow into the international event it is today is one of Mayor Russilon’s proudest achievements and he and the City of General Luna are excited for their idyllic home to be shown to the world. 

“We are very happy and proud to be hosting this year’s QS here in General Luna at the famous Cloud 9 wave,” Mayor Russilon said. “We welcome all of the competitors here and hope that this event will help increase tourism and as a consequence brighten the future of our citizens and all of the people of the Philippines.”

"We are proud to host a breakthrough event this year. This is the biggest surfing competition ever and we are positive that this will enable us to reap benefits for the good of the local tourism industry and national tourism program as well" - Added Sol F. Matugas, Provincial Governor.

Former event winner and local standout Piso Alcala (PHL) is always one to watch when the waves turn on at Cloud 9 as he has an ability to read its tube like no other. With the Siargao International Surfing Cup being upgraded in 2017 and attracting its best field to date, the internationals will no doubt be nervous about the prospect of meeting Alcala in a heat as he and the other locals will be tough to overcome in their backyard. 
 
“I'm excited about this event especially this will be in my home break,” Alcala said. “It’s always good to see competitors come in from all over the world to surf Cloud 9. With it being upgraded to a QS3,000, this year the field will be the best one yet. I have begun my preparation for the event already and just hope that the waves cooperate for us. It’s amazing how much support the locals get from the Siargao people; it really does help to build my confidence when coming up against the world’s best.”  



Caption: Local Favourite Piso Acala will be one to watch at Cloud 9 this year.
Credit: © WSL / Tom Bennett


"This is a major step forward to our dream of producing the country's best surfer athletes in the upcoming Olympics 2020 in Japan, where surfing is already included as one of the sports. We have a good chance. Our local surfers have already won in different international surfing competitions abroad. We thank the support of President Rodrigo Roa-Duterte, thru Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who provided us the financial support to upgrade the 23rd Siargao International Surfing Cup."  - Cong. Bingo Matugas, Siargao Island

The 2017 Siargao Surfing Cup QS3000 will run from September 24 - 29. For more information and a live broadcast of the event, head to www.worldsurfleague.com or check the WSL App
WORLD SURF LEAGUE APPOINTS JOSEPH CARR AS CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER AND HEAD OF INTERNATIONAL

WORLD SURF LEAGUE APPOINTS JOSEPH CARR AS CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER AND HEAD OF INTERNATIONAL

16/08/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 23786171

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WORLD SURF LEAGUE APPOINTS JOSEPH CARR AS CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER AND HEAD OF INTERNATIONAL
APPOINTMENT OF JOSEPH CARR, A HIGHLY-REGARDED SPORTS INDUSTRY EXECUTIVE, AS CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER AND HEAD OF INTERNATIONAL FURTHER UNDERSCORES WSL’S COMMITMENT TO EXPANDING ITS FOOTPRINT AS A GLOBAL SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT PROPERTY.

 

 

 

 

SANTA MONICA, California/USA (Tuesday, August 15, 2017) - Today, the World Surf League (WSL) announced the appointment of Joseph Carr as the Chief Strategy Officer and Head of International for the organization. In partnership with the senior management team, he will be responsible for overseeing the League’s strategy, corporate development, and the execution of international operations, sales, events, and athlete development.

Carr joins the WSL from UFC where he served as a Senior Vice President and Head of International and Content where he managed the organization’s global strategy, operations and media business. In his new role at the WSL, Carr will lead the strategy and execution of the League’s international business and spearhead further integration with the Kelly Slater Wave Co.

"As a lifelong sports fan, I've had the opportunity to witness the WSL's impressive growth over the last few years," said Carr. "It felt like the perfect time to join the organization and help it further alter the landscape of sport through continued digital innovation and a commitment to its athletes. Few sports have such a global and passionate fan base and a lifestyle component that extends far beyond competition. I am looking forward to driving the League's expansion efforts and making the WSL a globally-recognized brand."

Carr is uniquely positioned to drive the League’s global expansion. In his capacity as UFC’s Head of International and Content, Carr crafted the organization’s international expansion strategy bringing new live events around the world, managed the organization’s OTT service – UFC FIGHT PASS, and helped lead the largest buyout in sports history with the sale of UFC to WME-IMG. He first joined UFC as a Senior Director of Investment and Strategy, where his key focus included corporate development, athlete marketing, content strategy, and expansion into emerging markets. Prior to the UFC, Carr worked in private equity. 

WSL CEO Sophie Goldschmidt welcomed Carr to the League, “Joe has a very impressive background with groundbreaking achievements in driving the growth of UFC’s global business. He will bring deep experience of developing and executing international growth strategies and also has a proven track record of working with athletes. He will be a fantastic addition to the organization.''

With Carr’s appointment, the WSL further underscores its commitment to further globalization and adds to its impressive roster of talented and experienced sports executives. Carr will be focused on fulfilling Goldschmidt’s vision for expanding engagement around the world, cultivating athlete development programs and unique fan experiences, as well as leveraging the unparalleled opportunity the League has to further integrate the Kelly Slater Wave Company and its groundbreaking technology as well as support the inclusion of surfing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to evolve the landscape of competitive surfing around the world.

 
MEN’S AND WOMEN’S OPENING ROUNDS COMPLETED AT CARAÏBOS LACANAU PRO

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S OPENING ROUNDS COMPLETED AT CARAÏBOS LACANAU PRO

16/08/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 23786164

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MEN’S AND WOMEN’S OPENING ROUNDS COMPLETED AT CARAÏBOS LACANAU PRO 
- JUNIORS HIGHLIGHT OPENING DAY OF COMPETITION
- SURF ON THE WAY TO LACANAU
- MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT WORLDSURFLEAGUE.COM

Caption: Erwan Blouin (FRA) in Round One.
Credit: © WSL / Masurel

GRANDE PLAGE, Lacanau - France (Tuesday, August 15, 2017) - The Caraïbos Lacanau Prolaunched today in bumpy two foot surf and completed the opening round of both the men and women’s competition. An excellent sandbank right in front of the event site, delivered good little lefts and rights even with the short period small swell on offer.

Erwan Blouin (FRA), 17, claimed the men’s opening round’s highest combined heat total with good surfing on the little running lefts of the grande plage. The talented junior who ranked fifth on his final European junior season is now transitioning to the Qualifying Series level and won his first-ever heat.

“I’m almost like home here I live close and I’m happy to do my first QS in Lacanau,” Blouin said. “I got through with decent scores even though the waves weren’t easy so I’m happy with that. I found a couple that opened up for me and managed to do a few little airs.”

Juliette Lacome (FRA), 14, wrapped the day up in the final women’s heat of Round One with a dynamic display of good surfing to post an impressive 13.00 total and advance into the next round. The Biarritz surfer at only 14 years old showed great potential and will look to build more experience with some of the event’s higher seeded surfers in Round Two.

“I was a little bit nervous going into that heat but I actually had fun,” Lacome said. “I’m not too pressured, I’m only young and doing the QS is all about getting to surf against the oldest surfers, I’m also seeing all my friends here which is great. I got that little epoxy board from Justin Becret and it works wonders in the small surf.”

While only eight heats were disputed on the opening day of competition, the Caraïbos Lacanau Pro provides endless entertainment for the thousands of tourists in Lacanau this week. The Girondins Sport Events team behind this event, have revamped the festival with skateboarding and rollerblading beginners courses as well as demos from professional athletes, and of course LIVE music every night on the main stage.

“Our goal is to open this event to everyone, by showcasing all the different sports that revolve around surfing,” Nicolas Descous, marketing project manager, stated. “It has already been a great success so far with all the activities we put on, we had over 3,000 people attending our launch night, and now you can feel people are getting excited about the WSL event starting too.”

Coming from the world of professional football, the organizing team brought a very professional structure to the existing event and built on the popularity of the Caraïbos Lacanau Pro to reach an even greater audience.

“We have a lot of experience in sporting events, and even though it’s a first time in surfing, there are a lot of similarities,” Descous continued. “What we want is to embrace the culture and traditions of surfing, and channel it into the event to give everyone from the athlete to the spectators a great experience.”

Competitors and event officials will reconvene at 9 a.m Wednesday to reassess conditions.

The Caraïbos Lacanau Pro is scheduled from August 16-20, 2017 at Grande Plage, Lacanau - France. For all results, photos, video highlights and press releases, log on to worldsurfleague.com

The Caraïbos Lacanau Pro is organized by Girondins Sport Events and the Lacanau Surf Club, supported by the city council of Lacanau, with event partners Caraïbos, Kronembourg, Cafe Maritime, Enerconfort, Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Grisel Immobilier, Médoc Atlantique, Loca MS, Surf Session, Surf Report, SFR Sport, Sud Ouest, NRJ and W9 among others.

UPCOMING CARAÏBOS LACANAU PRO MEN’S ROUND 2 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Shane Sykes (ZAF), Kaito Kawamata (JPN), Nanook Ballerin (FRA), Jonas Bachan (AUT) 
Heat 2: Ely Cassirer (ISR), Victor Done (USA), Raoni Monteiro (BRA), Issam Auptel (FRA) 
Heat 3: Arne Bergwinkl (DEU), Arran Strong (GBR), Andres Mondo Prados (ARG), Ignacio Guisasola (ESP) 
Heat 4: Gonzalo Gutierrez (ESP), Naru Awada (JPN), Heremoana Luciani (PYF), Kyllian Guerin (FRA) 
Heat 5: Richard Kidd (ZAF), Benjamin Hucker (AUS), Lenni Jensen (DEU), Ben Penny (AUS) 
Heat 6: Francisco Carrasco (PRT), David Noy (ISR), Ugo Robin (FRA), Maxime Dos Anjos (FRA) 
Heat 7: Luis Diaz (CNY), Kalani Da Silva (CNY), Frank Chenault (USA), Jock Barnes (AUS) 
Heat 8: Kai Awada (JPN), Thomas Debierre (FRA), Ariel Sanin (ISR), Aboubakar Bouaouda (MAR) 
Heat 9: Quinn Bruce (AUS), Mathis Crozon (FRA), Robertson Goncalves (PRT), Enzo Poulat (FRA) 
Heat 10: Liam O'Brien (AUS), Dylan Groen (DEU), Jose Maria de Paz (ESP), Erwan Blouin (FRA) 
Heat 11: Moses Le Grice (AUS), Enzo Cavallini (FRA), Soufiane Charoub (MAR), Francisco Morosini (URY) 
Heat 12: Leon Glatzer (DEU), Lander Davila (ESP), Jihad Khodr (BRA), Kaspar Hamminga (NLD) 
Heat 13: Renan Peres (BRA), Leo Paul Etienne (FRA), Bruno De Andrade Maia (BRA), David Dorne (GLP) 
Heat 14: Ruben Gonzalez (PRT), Eliott Napias (PYF), Vitor Ferreira (BRA), Pedro Berasaluze (ESP) 
Heat 15: Julen Egiguren (EUK), Pablo Montero (ESP), Alessandro Piu (ITA), Diego Suarez Diaz (CNY) 
Heat 16: Alex Bauduin (CNY), Jakob Lilienweiss (DEU), Raul Bormann (BRA), Edoardo Papa (ITA) 

CARAÏBOS LACANAU PRO MEN’S ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Issam Auptel (FRA) 9.84, Kyllian Guerin (FRA) 7.43, Julien Cambon (GLP) 7.27, Manolo Pochiero (ITA) 5.03
Heat 2: Maxime Dos Anjos (FRA) 9.67, Aboubakar Bouaouda (MAR) 9.57, Matteo Calatri (ITA) 5.57, Nicolas Guimond (FRA) 5.27
Heat 3: Erwan Blouin (FRA) 12.56, Kaspar Hamminga (NLD) 7.24, Colin Doyez (REU) 7.06, Titouan Deffarges (FRA) 5.33
Heat 4: Pedro Berasaluze (ESP) 9.30, Edoardo Papa (ITA) 8.70, Olivier Cassaigne (FRA) 6.53, Gilles Rese (DEU) 5.77

UPCOMING CARAÏBOS LACANAU PRO WOMEN’S ROUND 2 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Ren Hashimoto (JPN), Teal Hogg (ZAF), Lucia Martiño (ESP), Marion Philippe (PYF) 
Heat 2: Reika Noro (JPN), Nagisa Tashiro (JPN), Elle Sampiere (USA), Eveline Hooft (NDL) 
Heat 3: Kirra Pinkerton (USA), Eliza Greene (AUS), Lucia Cosoleto (ARG), Jessica Anderson (CHL) 
Heat 4: Ella Williams (NZL), Meah Collins (USA), Denver Young (AUS), Yolander Hopkins (PRT) 
Heat 5: Tia Blanco (USA), Ariane Ochoa (EUK), Josefina Ane (ARG), Neis Lartigue (FRA) 
Heat 6: Frankie Harrer (DEU), Ainara Aymat (EUK), Uhaina Joly (FRA), Leilani Aguirre (PER) 
Heat 7: Vahine Fierro (PYF), Kaleigh Gilchrist (USA), Pacha Luque-Light (USA), Juliette Lacome (FRA) 
Heat 8: Camilla Kemp (PRT), Peony Knight (GBR), Autumn Hays (USA), Leonor Fragoso (PRT) 

CARAÏBOS LACANAU PRO WOMEN’S ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Marion Philippe (PYF) 7.76, Eveline Hooft (NDL) 6.10, Anouk Duboe (FRA) 4.43, Evelyn Gontier (ARG) 4.03
Heat 2: Jessica Anderson (CHL) 7.40, Yolander Hopkins (PRT) 7.36, Nina Reynal (FRA) 4.63, Karla Fodor (FRA) 4.00
Heat 3: Neis Lartigue (FRA) 6.83, Leilani Aguirre (PER) 6.47, Tiana-Breeze De Mooij (NZL) 5.37, Anne-Cécile Le Tallec (FRA) 4.10
Heat 4: Juliette Lacome (FRA) 13.00, Leonor Fragoso (PRT) 4.50, Nadia Erostarbe (EUK) 4.07, Victoria Capdepont (FRA) 3.73

How does Bethany Hamilton surf with one arm?

How does Bethany Hamilton surf with one arm?

16/08/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 23786445

To be a surfer you have to love the feeling of surfing. It takes a lot of hard work to catch waves. The learning curve for surfing can be quite steep.

If you take lessons and pick the right board shape and size, for the right wave height and speed, you are steps closer to ripping like the pros.

The paddle, the pop-up, and duck diving, all take time to master and execute effectively. Normal challenges include starting late in life or not having the money for high-performance boards.



https://www.surfertoday.com/surfing/13827-how-does-bethany-hamilton-surf-with-one-arm
5 simple pleasures of surfing

5 simple pleasures of surfing

15/08/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 23773182

These are the basic, common aspects of this waterborne pursuit that we all can enjoy — the simple pleasures that make surfing so special.

The post 5 simple pleasures of surfing appeared first on GrindTV.com.



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Taj Burrow takes out the 2017 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy

Taj Burrow takes out the 2017 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy

15/08/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 23759571

Former Championship Tour (CT) campaigner Taj Burrow has taken out his second consecutive 2017 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy.

The Australian veteran, who had already won the twin-fin division, concluded his performance in the pumping right-hand reef of Sultans with a win over free surfer Rob Machado in the thruster final.

"I would have retired earlier if I knew this is what life would be like. I'm so stoked I got to come back here after a win last year. The waves were cooking for this whole event," said Burrow.



https://www.surfertoday.com/surfing/13824-taj-burrow-takes-out-the-2017-four-seasons-maldives-surfing-champions-trophy
Julian Wilson claims the 2017 Billabong Pro Tahiti

Julian Wilson claims the 2017 Billabong Pro Tahiti

14/08/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 23757549

It was not flawless Teahupoo, but Julian Wilson found two late gems and sealed the win at the 2017 Billabong Pro Tahiti.

The Australian surfer defeated Gabriel Medina in six-to-seven foot waves at the End of the Road. Wilson secured his third Championship Tour (CT) victory of his career and the first in Tahiti.

Julian's two highest scoring waves only arrived in the last ten minutes. And you could say they were miracle waves. First, he broke the combination situation with a 9.23 wave and then, with three minutes on the clock, he finds an opportunity that propelled him to first place.



https://www.surfertoday.com/surfing/13823-julian-wilson-claims-the-2017-billabong-pro-tahiti
JULIAN WILSON WINS BILLABONG PRO TAHITI

JULIAN WILSON WINS BILLABONG PRO TAHITI

14/08/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 23752067

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JULIAN WILSON WINS BILLABONG PRO TAHITI
- SMITH TAKES TOP SPOT ON JEEP LEADERBOARD
- FLORENCE WINS ANDY IRONS MOST COMMITTED PERFORMANCE AWARD

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Caption: Julian Wilson (AUS) claimed victory today at the Billabong Pro Tahiti and will now move to 5th on the Jeep Leaderboard. 
Credit: © WSL / Cestari

Location:       Teahupo'o, Tahiti 
Event window:    August 11 - 20, 2017
Today's call:
   Event complete - congratulations Julian Wilson!  
Conditions:        6 - 7 foot (1.8 - 2 metre)

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TEAHUPO’O, Tahiti (Sunday, August 13, 2017) - Julian Wilson (AUS) claimed victory today at the Billabong Pro Tahiti, Stop No. 7 of 11 on the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), after defeating Gabriel Medina (BRA) in the Final. A full day of competition witnessed intense action from the remaining competitors as they battled through 15 heats in six-to-seven foot (1.8 - 2 metre) surf at Teahupo’o. 
 
Today’s win marks Wilson’s third CT victory and best result at the Billabong Pro Tahiti. The Australian is always a serious WSL Title contender and his first place finish moves him up from 8th to 5th place on the Jeep Leaderboard heading into the Hurley Pro at Trestles. 
 
“It has been a few years,” said Wilson. “It is so special to win. I am ecstatic and I have nothing left in me. I am just so happy and relieved to finally win an event again. It took so many good waves to win this event and I was lucky enough to get those. I felt like I was trending in the right direction. I’ve had a pretty steady start to the year and I am so happy to be in the mix now. With so many events left, I am really looking forward to it. I was already enjoying myself on tour and even more so now. I cannot wait for the rest of the year.”
 
Wilson had a slow start to this season on the Australian leg but has been building momentum throughout the 2017 season, with improved results at each event, specifically his 3rd place finish in J-Bay, 5th in Fiji and 9th in Rio. The contender’s win now puts him just 2,150 points behind World No. 4 Owen Wright (AUS)

The exciting Final saw an all-out battle between Medina and Wilson. The Brazilian got the lead over the Australian with an incredible 17.87 combined score (out of a possible 20), with a near-perfect 9.20 (out of a possible 10) and excellent 8.67. Wilson was stuck in a combination situation and needed two new scores with time running out. Wilson fought back with a critical 8.10 and outstanding 
9.23, but still trailed by 1.09 points. Under pressure but with priority, Wilson found his way out of a deep tube to earn a near-perfect 9.73 for the win in the dying minutes of the Final. 


Caption: Julian Wilson (AUS) escaped out of tricky barrels to earn the highest two-wave total of the event, a near-perfect 18.96. 
Credit: © WSL / Cestari


“It was an awesome Final,” continued Wilson. “With that 9, it was such a good wave and I was a little bit far in, but it was so nice that I wanted to make something special happen. I had plenty of time to get that 8.6. It really turned on for us in the Final and we had some great opportunities, so I am just glad to get that special one. Thank you to Gabby (Gabriel Medina) for an awesome Final.  We seem to have these amazing 
match-ups in the Final and we didn’t disappoint. It has been such a special few days and I think we finished in the best conditions. We had a good battle and I am just so happy.”

The runner-up finish for Medina is his best result this season. The 2014 WSL Champion and event winner 
has struggled to excel past the Semifinals in 2017, but the Final appearance today proves that Medina is back in the game heading into the second-half of the season. The Brazilian superstar will improve two places to 7th on the Jeep Leaderboard.

“I am stoked to make another Final against Julian (Wilson),” said Medina. “He has been surfing really well the whole event and I think it is a little harder on your backhand, so good job to him. I am stoked. It feels good to be back in the game and now I am thinking about Trestles. I am happy. It is Father’s Day in Brazil and my dad is here, so that was a good present.”


Caption: Gabriel Medina (BRA) earned a runner-up finish after great performances at the Billabong Pro Tahiti. The Brazilian posted a Perfect 10 in the Quarterfinals, the highest single-wave score of the event. 
Credit: © WSL / Poullenot


Wilson previously ended Jordy Smith’s (ZAF) run in Tahiti in the second Semifinal. Today the South African earned his best result in Tahiti, a 3rd place finish, and the top spot on the Jeep Leaderboard. Current World No. 1 Smith will head into the Hurley Pro at Trestles not only ready to defend his event 
win but eager to keep his lead over the world’s best surfers to improve his World Title campaign. 

“I am still learning a lot and I wish I had figured it out earlier in the event,” Smith said. “I am just going to continue to keep learning and watching John (Florence), Jeremy (Flores), Kelly (Slater) and those guys and keep learning. I am stoked to be in the top spot. Obviously, it is a long way to go, but it is sick to be in the front there. This year is a new year and I just want to bring something new, something fresh, and keep trying my hardest.”

The first Semifinal heat saw Medina eliminate Kolohe Andino (USA) with two commanding 7-point rides. Andino posted the highest single-wave score of the heat, 
an 8.90, but could not secure the backup score required to advance to the Final. Andino’s excellent 3rd place finish marks his career-best result in Tahiti after a disappointing 25th place at the 2017 Corona Open J-Bay. Andino will look to bring the momentum from his Semifinal finish into his hometown of San Clemente, which will host the next stop on the 2017 CT.     

2017 World Title contenders John John Florence (HAW)Owen Wright (AUS) and Matt Wilkinson (AUS) were eliminated from the event prior to the heated Semifinal 
match-ups but will keep within striking distance of the Jeep Leader Jersey as they remain in the Top 4 on the rankings. 

Smith dispatched Florence in the third Quarterfinal match-up. The 2016 WSL Champion could not find the scores to close the 1.40-point gap and reclaim the yellow Jeep Leader Jersey for the next event. Florence leaves with a back-to-back Quarterfinal result to stay in 2nd on the Leaderboard, only 950 points behind Smith. 

Florence showcased incredible surfing in Tahiti and posted the event’s second highest two-wave total, a near-perfect 18.70 in Round 3. In addition to his 5th place result, Florence received the Andy Irons Most Committed Performance Award for the second time in his career (2017, 2013). This prestigious award is given out every year to the standout surfer of the Billabong Pro Tahiti. Previous winners include Kelly Slater (2016), C.J. Hobgood (2015), Owen Wright (
2014),Ricardo dos Santos (2012) and Jeremy Flores (2011). 

“This is super amazing,” Florence said. “It is such an honor to get this award. Andy Irons was a part of that era that I looked up to growing up. He was the guy that we watched the footage of air-dropping at 12-foot Chopes and just standing in big barrels and getting spit out. Andy being the last Hawaiian World Champ -- and that was when I was younger -- so to win the World Title last year and bring it back to Hawaii and have everyone in Hawaii supporting me was such an amazing thing. It is so cool to win this because Andy is one of my all-time heroes.” 

En route to his second place result, Medina knocked out Wright in the Quarterfinals with a Perfect 10 on his opening exchange. Wright was not able to escape the combination and was eliminated in Equal 5th place. Wright will stay in 4th on the Jeep Leaderboard. 

Wilkinson was eliminated in Round 5 Heat 2 by Brazilian threat Wiggolly Dantas (BRA). Wilkinson came into Tahiti as World No. 1, but his 9th place finish will move him down to 
3rd on the Leaderboard. The Australian will now look to Trestles to climb back to the frontrunner position and strengthen his World Title campaign. 

2017 CT Rookies Joan Duru (FRA) and Connor O’Leary (AUS) put up strong fights 
today but were eliminated in Equal 5th and 9th, respectively. 

The next stop on the 2017 World Surf League Championship Tour will be the Hurley Pro and Swatch Women’s Pro at Trestles. The heated WSL Title race will continue in San Clemente, California as the world’s best surfers will take on Lower Trestles from September 6  through September 17, 2017.

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Billabong Pro Tahiti Final Results:
1 -
Julian Wilson (AUS) 18.96
2 - Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.87

Billabong Pro Tahiti Semifinal Results:

SF 1:Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.16 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 13.90
SF 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.26 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 7.33

Billabong Pro Tahiti Quarterfinal Results:

QF 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 18.23 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 13.94
QF 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.33 def. Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 7.67
QF 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.50 def. John John Florence (HAW) 13.10
QF 4: Julian Wilson (AUS) 15.16 def. Joan Duru (FRA) 9.00

Billabong Pro Tahiti Round 5 Results:
Heat 1:
 Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.37 def. Connor O’Leary (AUS) 11.66
Heat 2: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 15.50 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 12.00
Heat 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 11.93 def. Conner Coffin (USA) 11.40
Heat 4: Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.24 def Adrian Buchan (AUS) 10.60

Billabong Pro Tahiti Round 4 Results:
Heat 1: 
Owen Wright (AUS) 14.50, Connor O’Leary (AUS 13.40), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 13.40
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) 13.37, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 12.50, Gabriel Medina (BRA) 6.00 
Heat 3: John John Florence (HAW) 15.76, Conner Coffin (USA) 7.90, Julian Wilson (AUS) 4.00
Heat 4: Joan Duru (FRA) 12.33, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.43, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 8.40

2017 WSL Men’s Jeep Leaderboard (After Billabong Pro Tahiti ):
1 - Jordy Smith (ZAF) 37,850 pts
2 - John John Florence (HAW) 36,900 pts
3 - Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 35,950 pts
4 - Owen Wright (AUS) 35,350 pts
5 - Julian Wilson (AUS) 33,200 pts

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