Do you remember a time when Keramas was the Waco of the surfing world, the wave that had the final say in performance surfing?
As this column has mentioned, Griff has been enjoying Bali this week like any other 19-year-old, burning up the clubs, burning up the good living, and now burning up Keramas.
But the inevitability of the Florence Golden Child storyline isn’t there right now, hasn’t been all year, and when Mendes got thrown a wave in the last minute needing just a five his goose was cooked.
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The ad playing before John Florence‘s heat this morning says, “I want to win doing the biggest things I can,” but John’s camp says on the quiet that 80% works 80% of the time.
When Wilko landed a rodeo flip to get the lead back, Griff just went straight to the air with a giant, weightless forehand hanger, landed inside the tube and busted out with that same goofy grin he’s been sporting all week.
More than anyone in the field Griff is surfing Keramas like it was surfed back then, before heats made it complicated.
Mendes’s backhand rotator wasn’t pretty but it was the kick in the nuts this contest needed, in the process delivering a kick in the nuts to John’s defence of his world title.
Julian Wilson led the Tour coming into Bali, but apart from finals day at Kirra in the season’s first event he hasn’t really looked like he’s owned it. Today was his chance.
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