Steph Wins, Proper-like – Finals day was the women’s first real day of J-Bay, and as a collective they got a groove on and surfed great

Steph Wins, Proper-like – Finals day was the women’s first real day of J-Bay, and as a collective they got a groove on and surfed great

The World Surf League has become the World Safari League for a week… with all that downtime at least ensuring the men’s winner and the women’s winner wouldn’t be standing side by side on the stage with checks of disparate denominations.

They tripled prize money on their first day on the job, gave the girls good surf, and in many ways are leading the way for women’s sport globally.

A surf film doesn’t need to be recent or shot in 4k to be incredible. Where’s Damo been?

This could not have been illustrated any better than when Steph took off on her first wave in the final and was dropped in on by a pod of dolphins who frolicked on the wave ahead of her.

Her coach, two-time J-Bay winner Jake Paterson clearly wasn’t going to allow her to lose by drifting off into some mid-heat dream sequence believing she was filming a video part and not surfing a heat.

Dolphins admonished for ruining a wave, while big cuddly white sharks are allowed to do hot laps of the point to the delight of the crowds. Strange times indeed.

A surf film doesn’t need to be recent or shot in 4k to be incredible.

It’s not often I sympathize with the World Surf League, but the recent brouhaha over the prize money at a junior contest almost had me there.

A surf film doesn’t need to be recent or shot in 4k to be incredible.

Read more here: Surfer Mag

Steph Wins, Proper like   Finals day was the womens first real day of J Bay, and as a collective they got a groove on and surfed great surf photo  Steph Wins, Proper like   Finals day was the womens first real day of J Bay, and as a collective they got a groove on and surfed great surf photo  Steph Wins, Proper like   Finals day was the womens first real day of J Bay, and as a collective they got a groove on and surfed great surf photo

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