Of course, while I was watching them on the big screen in Melbourne, both John and Steph – the respective ratings leaders on Tour this year – were being uncinematically bundled out of the Tour event over in Brazil.
But while Adriano surfed to the beach, clinical and crisp and surfing the backwash as assuredly as Strider surfed the zipline, Gabe simply raced down the line and hucked one big ol’ spinner.
John was in Micronesia with Kelly, surfing windblown rights, racing hermit crabs, and playing chess under the light of a single low watt bulb.
Steph’s Proximity section was filmed in Baja alongside Dave Rastovich, the pair surfing a long, languid righthand point, doing crossovers like ice skaters, one beer-guzzling onlooker so moved by their surfing that he yelled to Rasta from the cliff above, “You two should have a baby!
Steph runs on a perfect paradigm, and when the waves aren’t perfect or she’s not in a big budget surf film and walking through the Baja desert looking radiant in white cotton and 4K, she gets knocked out of orbit easily.
As for Steph, after surfing well enough at Snapper to win both the women’s and the men’s, she’s come off the boil big time and surrendered at Saquarema in the quarters.
As he’s done all year, John makes winning look easy, right up until the point where his hermit crab loses to Kelly’s and John promptly throws the vanquished crustacean into the ocean.
The wobbly carny ride would actually have made a legitimate simulator for surfing the Saquarema backwash.
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