From all the guff written about Kelly’s wave, this statement stands tall for the stupidity of its convictions: “The simple fact is this: if Gabriel Medina, Filipe Toledo, ANY rookie, or even JJF had pulled off what Kelly did for his soon-to-be-infamous 4. 17, then they would have been awarded a score in the excellent range, at the very least. ” My message-board shark would dine on that piece of carrion, and anyway, old mate’s ageist conspiracy theory hit the rocks today with the combined age of the two finalists being 62 years.
I’ll save the Internet the trouble and write some material: “Judges juicing Mick all the way”, “Fanning and De Snooza… most boring final ever! ”, “The future of surfing right there! ” For all the talk of Lowers as a progressive hotbed and Toledo being the guy, it was won by Mick Fanning with beautiful, knifey rail-surfing.
We got to the end of the Lowers event today, and the biggest talking point of the week remained Kelly’s failed backhand air in the early rounds, and the confected outrage around it. By day three of 4. 17-Gate, commentators — scratching for an angle having exhausted their incredulity that pro surfing actually had rules — donned the foil hats and started on conspiracy theories, displaying all the logic of a troop of retarded clowns.
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