Owen was in the semis and the surfers area buzzed. “What if…” pondered my mate Binnsy, “Owen and Wilko made the final? ” The two old friends would certainly make a promoter’s dream, although we posed the question of how hard Wilko – the new iceman of the Tour (Ha, how does that sound! ) – would push for the win.
Surf coach Andy King watched on beside me, cheering on Owen, which I thought a little unusual as he’s from Cronulla and they haven’t had a surfer on Tour since Kirk Flintoff almost a decade ago. He started laughing. “Mate, he’s from Elouera, he’s a dunnyhanger, I might as well be cheering on an American. ” Elouera, of course, is about a hundred yards up the beach from Cronulla, but Australian parochialism works in funny ways.
I don’t know whether the storyline of Owen and this remarkable comeback began pulling the strings, but it all went Owen’s way and he found himself in the final with good mate, Wilko.
He was all there to the point of foxing Wilko into using his priority late in the final…leaving Owen all alone in the lineup with the winning wave.
They cracked the code last year, and the code is that John surfing at 70% wins 90% of the time, and that feels pretty true for what we’ve seen here this week, although he jumped from 70% to 90% today.
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