The tone was set for the Kelly and Caio Ibelli heat when they circled each other for the opening wave.
The judges however still may have looked at each other and taken a deep breath when the average for Caio’s last wave put him 0. 02 ahead of Jordy.
Lakey paddled out, scrapped for the inside, then launched an assault on the first wave of the heat.
Kelly, of course, got the injury wildcard spot on Tour this year that Caio felt was his.
If I had a dollar for every heat Julian Wilson has started this year with an air reverse, looking assured, only to be sitting there 20 minutes later with just a pair of 5s, I could afford a WSL VIP fan experience.
He looked like an inflatable car yard air dancer until he cleared his vision and whacked the next section. The judges dropped a 7. 17, which seemed a little hot for the first wave of the day.
Steph’s 10 from Bali—unless something dramatic happens in Tahiti—will be the most-viewed wave all year, and it’s clearly shifted the thinking on the women’s Tour.
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