First off – Congratulations to 2x World Champ Johnn x2 Florence and Pipe champ 2017 Jeremy Flores! Florence x Flores = a very flowery sounding end to 2017.
Pipe this year was a little well..meh. We’ve been spoilt by epic pipe in previous years and this years waves were a little underwhelming – La Nina? Global Warming? I dunno, just..ehh.
Not that there weren’t any waves, but just that there were less where you thought, no way he’ll make it out of there – and then they make it out of there. Somehow.
So that leaves other things to talk about – like the fact that pro-surfing has now turned into a game of football? Are the stakes that high now, where rolling on the ground and clutching your ankle shedding fake tears is also acceptable in surfing competitions? Because that’s pretty much what happened with the incredulous Gab Meds who couldn’t believe Slade had the nerve to slot into a barrel under priority, and then after dropping in and swerving against the wave direction he tried to hold hands with the GOAT to emphasize the interference. A poor attempt at milking the ref for a penalty, and in one wave making the surfing world feel justified in their dislike of smooth pits, NASCAR levels of board stickers and claims on every wave in 2ft slop.
Some called it the World Shame League, but the only shame we can see here is wearing a red jersey.
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