In the explosive final heat against event favorite Gabriel Medina, Flores got an early jump and exerted his dominance over the world champion and defending event champion, hindering Medina from becoming the only surfer in professional surfing history to win back-to-back events at Teahupo’o.
Although he fell short to Jeremy in the semifinals (his first semifinal finish in nearly five years), Cj wrote an incredible comeback story, as he scored the only perfect 10 of the event and earned the very prestigious Andy Irons Award, which is bestowed to the most determined, most committed surfer in the event.
In the final heat, Jeremy Flores opened up his account by posting a massive 9. 87, followed by a backup of a 7. 00, leaving Medina unable to find a decent wave to answer back.
Read more here: The Inertia