This Week In Surfing: Courtney Beats Tyler Keeping The Race Alive, & Did Steph Gilmore and Jon Frank Make The Clip of The Year?
Ten Things From Surfing & The Internet On The Week That Was September 30, 2016
1. Courtney Beats Tyler and Keeps The Race Alive
Alright guys, Courtney Conlogue won the Cascais Women's Pro in Portugal and Tyler Wright finished second in a strange old final where the two competitors paddled out to two separate banks 500 metres apart. Conlogue's bank proved to be more consistent, giving her more opportunities to build a score that was too hard to reach for Tyler Wright and her heavier less predictable bank. Wright did find two waves, however, but she didn't make the sections she needed, and ended up going down 13.00 to 12.26.
But what does that mean for World Title complications? Well, lucky for you, I put on my egghead glasses, pulled doubt my Year 11 Maths Methods text books, and did maths, all of the maths, today to try and work it out.
First big news is that the World Title, with two events remaining, is now officially down to just Tyler Wright and Courtney Conlogue. Prior to Portugal, it was mathematically possible that Carissa Moore, Tatiana Weston-Webb, Malia Manuel, Steph Gilmore and Johanne Defay could be the queen of 2016. But nup, not anymore with Tyler Wright's current score being 61,450, making that her lowest possible score come the end of 2016, while third place Carissa Moore's highest possible score, if she won the last two events, is less than that at 59,200.
So, with the Roxy Pro about to start, let's talk what results need to fall for a World Title in France.
– If Tyler Wright wins or finishes second at the Roxy Pro France, she is the 2016 World Champion.
– If Tyler Wright finishes 3rd, Courtney must win the event to force a title showdown in Maui.
– If Tyler Wright finishes 5th, and Courtney finishes 3rd or lower (doesn't make the final), Tyler is the World Champion.
– If Tyler Wright finishes 9th or lower, the title goes to Maui regardless of how Courtney surfs.
If you own a calculator and have done your own maths, and have found me to be wrong, please make fun of me in the comments below.
2. Did Steph Gilmore and Jon Frank Make The Clip of The Year?
Our friends over at Monster Children have gone ahead and done made an issue with Miss Stephanie Gilmore as the guest editor. And it's so so so very great that they did because as part of that package comes this incredibly beautiful surf film with the high lines and most graceful surfing on the planet, as shot and edited by the legendary Jon Frank. Surf films rarely, if ever, come as beautiful as this one. Is this the best surf clip you've seen in 2016?
3. Jack Robinson Hollow Ground
Here's a fantastic little Jack Robinson clip Bllabong put together, I'm guessing, to air during the down moments of the WSL broadcast of the Billabong Pro Cascais QS10,000 that's running at the moment. It's got all the amazing Teahupo'o footage, his Pipeline Trials win last Hawaiian Winter (oh, how I will never tire of seeing that high line at 3.08), and some great insight into how he became so comfortable in heaving tubes of consequence. The comparisons to John John are obvious and deserved, Sean Doherty even coined him Jack Jack in a Surfing World profile a few years ago. The frustrating irony of this little hype clip though is that Jack was just knocked out of the QS in Round 3 (losing to his Oakley team manager Tommy Whitaker), he has no keeper results this year, and sits at 120th on the rankings right now. So, unless he wins everything on the North Shore (which he is capable of) we might not see him on tour till 2018 at the very least, which is a shame, because gee he'd be fun to watch in a heat at Teahupo'o.
4. Ellis and Beau and Wrenchy, East Coast Winter
There are few people in the surfing world having more surfing fun than that of Ellis Ericson and Beau Foster, living up on the North Coast, playing in bands, surfing all the time, and doing road trips with shredders like Sammy Wrench. This is a neat RVCA edit from their winter finding some cold tubes and rippable walls on the east coast of Aus. Beau Foster is criminally underrated, those cutbacks, man.
5. Cam Richards, Pardon Me
Young Cali freesurfer Cam Richards stars in two clips this week, the other being a director's edit of that South American trip filmer Matt Kleiner made for Red Bull's Chasing The Shot, but we'll just include this one, because we don't wanna get all Cam Richardsededed out now, do we? Anyway, this guy, who rose to prominence because he almost beat Dane Reynolds for a fan voted wildcard spot for Trestles a few years back (with thanks to the online Twitter support of Jamie Foxx and Will Smith's son, Jayden. That reads ummm... Jamie Foxx and Will Smith don't have a son together, for the record), but is certainly on his way to making a name for himself on surfing alone. I mean, sheeeeit, check those full rotation airs. Fun Future Islands and Kanye tracks on the edit too. But almost two minutes of credits is a bit much though, isn't it?
6. The Quikky and Roxy Pros, France Start In a Coupla Days
Just a little public service announcement for surf fans: The Quiksilver and Roxy pros start October 4! That's mid-next week some time. Wild! Running concurrently, France is usually a heaps fun event that can throw us anything, but often suits the surfing of World Title contenders John John Florence and Gabriel Medina. Barrels, and airs. Trestles is so often called the high performance destination of the tour, but surely the beach breaks of the European leg, France and Portugal, is where we see the surfers soar highest on the CT. And as stated before, Tyler wins the title if she makes the final, which she's done five out of the eight events of this year. Get excited!
7. This 16 Year Old Aussie Grom Won A QS
Congratulations Sandon Whitaker! Entering just his third QS Sando won the QS1500 in his first time competing overseas and his first time in Asia. You might remember the Central Coast grommet from this Wave of The Week from North Avalon three years ago (stick it out to the end for his reaction clip shot by Barton Lynch. Classic grom froth). And how about the highlights clip below, check that Wilko like backhand attack. Bloody good onya Sandon.
8. Creed and Nate Do Surfs For Hayden
Last week Hayden Shapes released a promo clip of Creed McTaggart ripping in promotion of their board model, the love buzz. This week Hayden Shapes have realeased a promo clip of Creed McTaggart and Nate Tyler ripping in promotion of another new board model, the untitled model. Who knows what next week will bring? Muffins hopefully. Chocolate chip muffins.
9. Dean Morrison Still Getting Barrelled, Still Burning Fools
So Dean Morrison's still a fantastic tube rider, and he's still really good at taking off in front of people before scoring those fantastic tubes. Look, we don't know what happened before that clip, we don't know at all. I'm sure Dean Morrison didn't mean to drop in on the guy, we all know he has an immaculate track record at this kind of thing. That said, you gotta wonder why he left said clip in this edit on his own Vimeo. How are some of those pits, though?
10. Some Dude Named Kain Daly We Should Take Note Of
I've never heard of this guy, but they call him Man Child, and he comes from Maui, which means two things. He's a big boy, and he can air and charge like a mad man. Is this the goofy Hawaiian Jay Davies we're watching here? These Maui guys, I can't keep count of them, but one thing is for sure, they make freaking good surf clips. How triumphant is the end of this one?
Bonus... Weak Wrap Episode 6
Ahh Danny Johnson and Surfing World's Weak Wrap, the highlight of my weak, always. How funny is his analysis of the Kai Lenny / Julian Wilson clip? So good. And Danny didn't even rub his eye once in this episode. Top notch.
And that was this week in surfing. Have a good weekend everyone. Go Bulldogs!
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