This Week In Surfing: Mason Ruled Surfer Poll, Tyler Kills 2016, & Can Jordy Be The 2017 Champ?

9 Dec 2016 7

Mason Ho and buddy Burger Keoni made the Surfer Poll worth watching this year.

Mason Ho and buddy Burger Keoni made the Surfer Poll worth watching this year.

THIS WEEK IN SURFING

Ten Things From Surfing & The Internet On The Week That Was December 9, 2016

1. Jordy Won Sunset and The QS Is Done

Did you watch Sunset, the last event of the QS? You probably know this, but Jordy Smith won. Hooray for Jordy Smith! The big South African and the power of Sunset are a perfect match, and following a near Title run and an excellent event at Portugal under pressure, Jordy is really looking the goods at the moment. Some are even speculating that perhaps Jordy has finally rid himself of the mental jitters and could realise his potential to become World Champion in 2017. Which is hilarious. Jordy is an amazing surfer, sure, but is he capable of beating the once in a lifetime talent of John John Florence, or showing the necessary grit, determination, and sacrifice the likes of Adriano, Gabriel, Mick, Parko, and Kelly have shown the last half decade? No way, man, no freaking way.

As for the QS, how about that Frederico Morais guy? A final at Haleiwa, then a final a few days later at Sunset, and BAM, we'll see you flying the flag of Portugal on the CT next year, ya ripper.

And a huge congratulations must go out to Cronulla's Connor O'Leary for winning the QS outright after missing out last year by the smidgiest of smidges. That's an underdog working man's victory if ever we've seen one. Top bloody work, O'Leary!

By the end of Sunset, final QS standings were locked in as follows: 1. Connor O’Leary (AUS) 2. Ethan Ewing (AUS) 3. Frederico Morais (PRT) 4. Joan Duru (FRA) 5. Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 6. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 7. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 8. Jadson Andre (BRA) 9. Ian Gouveia (BRA) 10. Jack Freestone (AUS).

Well, how about that, two Frenchmen, an Italian, and a guy from Portugal walk into a bar onto the CT next year. European storm?

SEE ALSO: SUMMER WAVES PHOTO COMP Last Chance To Enter! 

Hawaii's Zeke Lau finished 11th, and will make it on to the tour if Kanoa, Jeremy, Jadson, or Jack have a good Pipe Masters event, and double qualify, particularly Kanoa and Jaddy, who currently sit at 24th and 25th on the CT, a mere two and three spots out of requalification.

The waiting period for the Pipe Masters and the Pipeline Invitational—which I think might just a fancy way of saying "trials" so as to not offend all the legends that need to surf it for a spot in the prestigious major event— started today with a lay-day.

SEE ALSO: Weekend Surf Forecast 9 - 11 December

2. Tyler Capped Off An Exceptional Year At Maui

Ahh Tyler Wright, hats off to you, you legend. You're the Queen of 2016. 2016 sucked, but you were awesome!

At the last event of the year, with the title already wrapped up and celebrated, Tyler Wright dotted the exclamation mark of a brilliant 2016 by winning the Maui Women's Pro at Honolua Bay over defending champ Carissa Moore in the final. It's the first time she's beaten Moore in a final in eight bouts, and her first decent result at Maui. There's only ten events in a WSL CT season, which gives Tyler a 50% event win loss record this year, just exceptional stuff.

Is this a sign that she'll keep the dominant roll... ahh, rolling... in 2017?

3. Mason Ho Rules The Surfer Poll, But Where Are The Think Pieces This Time?

The annual Surfer Poll went down this week at the Turtle Bay Resort which this year has changed its name to just "Surfer Awards". Alright.

Carissa Moore won the women, with Tyler second, while John John won the men for the third year running (he also won best performance for the surfing in his web series Twelve), followed by Slater and Fanning. 

Jon Frank and Steph Gilmore won best short for their beautiful Monster Children clip, The Tempest, while Albee Layer took out Best Manoeuvre for his backside double air reverse spinny thingy, and Best Barrel for his epic Jaws tube on the day of the Eddie.

Anyway, it was the same old awkward stilted awards ceremony, aside from the breath of fresh air that Mason Ho has been all year. Winning the AI Award for breakthrough performance, and best web series for License To Chill, he came in hot, got on stage, and gave the loosest, funniest speeches since Globe won best film for Strange Rumblings. It was the best. Mason Ho is the best.

But here's the big question, is Albee Layer going to jump on Instagram and call out Mason Ho and Burger Keoni for being drunk on stage and saying dumb stuff this year? For Burger hugging the girls all weird-like, swearing on the mic, skulling a beer and dropping it on stage. Is he going to write, "Someone should let these kids know they're not rockstars and this is just surfing," again, and invite a world of hate and a million think pieces from The Inertia? Nah, he called it the best speech ever in his own moment on stage. Guess it's different when they are Australian/aren't Hawaiian, and haven't beaten you for best film.

P.S. That Alex Gray Steph Gilmore joke in this clip is pretty weird too, right?

SEE ALSO: Summer In Straya, Top 5 Camping Spots At Surf Breaks

4. Superstars Out West

Tom Jennings has an incredible talent for shooting video from the water, one of the best in the world, and is probably the go-to guy when you need water angles in Western Australia. His land cinematography is really pretty too. This here is a ten minute super reel (of 2015, bizarrely) beautifully edited and starring the likes of Dane Reynolds, John John Florence, Kelly Slater, Craig Anderson, and more.

Back in 2010, on my very first surf trip for Surfing World Magazine, I found myself in a beautiful house booked for the Electric team on the mid-north coast with the likes of Matt Hoy, Craig Anderson, Ry Craike and more. Tom Jennings was there. He introduced himself, as I remember, as Tom. I said, "Oh, Tom Jennings. Right, we could be related you and me.” I was trying to break the ice, trying to make friends.

“Why’s that?” he asked.

“Oh," I laughed, “‘cause my name is Mike Jennings.” Sweet call, right? Heaps funny.

He paused, considered it for a few seconds, and then very seriously said, “I think that just because we have the same last name wouldn't necessarily mean we would be related…”

I was livid. Sick filmer though.

VIDEO: Count Back Some of The Worst Wipeouts At The Pipe Masters

5. Letty's Movie

Letty Mortensen is a mad rad dude from the Northern Beaches of Sydney who once did work experience in the office at Coastalwatch and then never really left, which was totally fine, 'cause he's the sort of kid that brightens any room he walks into. At some point along the way though he wasn't a kid any more. He had became an adult. Wow, how poignant. Time. Life. etc. Now Look at him, doing the surfing in this excellent clip by Jay Grant, who's a bloody top bloke also, we could cry.

6. The new Billabong ad is everything that is great and not great about surfing

When did Billabong get such a sick team? Slowly, slowly, they have made a super fun team of young shredders that are down for a hell time, with Creed McTaggart, Ryan Callinan, Jack Freestone, Italo Ferrera, (2017 CT Surfer) Ethan Ewing, Otis Carey, Shaun Manners and Griffin Colapinto, and, of course, Joel Parkinson. It’s the best team they’ve had since Parko, Taj, Andy, Occy, and Rasta were appearing in the ads together, when any one of them could have been argued to be the best surfer in the world. Which begs the question: Where was Taj in this clip? Where was he as the ultimate ambassador of summer fun for this campaign? Is this what a post Taj Billabong is going to look like? Anyway, it’s almost the perfect summer ad campaign for surfing. Almost in that they could have celeberated their women surfers too, instead of using bikini models. And why didn’t they? If only they’d opted to drop one the likes of Laura Enever, Courtney Conlogue, Alessa Quizon, Isabella Nichols, Felicity Palmateer, or Justine Dupont into the mix. I know it’s a boardshort ad aimed at men, but it is also 2016, no?

7. In Case You Missed It, This Russy Bierke Movie Is Brilliant, Fantastic, And Other Good Words

This Russy Bierke mini feature came out at the end of last week, a lifetime in Internet years, but it was locked to another website so we couldn’t place it here, and just in case you haven’t seen it yet, here it is. You really must watch it, because Russell Bierke is one of the brightest young stars we have in surfing. He won Cape Fear this year, and is basically our heir apparent to Mark Mathews as the world’s best slab surfer. This 15 minute feature is one of the highlights of the year, and showcases how Bierkey is handling the transition from, “Wow, that guys charges for a grom,” to, “That adult man guy is one of the best in the world.” The best thing about this movie is that it’s not just a 15 minute surf film, but it really gives a crack of telling the Russell Bierke story, and they tell it well. I absolutely adore the wipe-out footage to the voice-over of Bierkey counting the seconds, bringing the intro into the main feature. Brilliant work there. Congratulations to Russ, O’Neill, and the Reelers winning filmmaker Andrew Kaineder in putting this together.

SEE ALSO: An Interview With Reelers Winner Andrew Kaineder

8. Kerrsy Ripping In The Ments, Let's Hope He Wins Pipe

Kerrsy! Bringing the sickness with grab rail alley-oops and a whole lot of shredding and tubes and fun in the Mentawais on a family holiday. How good are those last two barrels? How good is the hat he wears? How good is Kerrsy just in general? Remember when he finished second to Parko at the Pipe Masters after beating Kelly in the semis, giving Parko the Title? Let’s hope he goes one better this week at the Banzai and claims a long overdue first CT win. He deserves it. Hell, I deserve it. I deserve a Josh Kerr Pipe Masters win. Why? I don't know why. I just do.

9. Weak Wrap Is Funny

It’s the best thing in surfing just continuing to be the best thing in surfing. Excellent Mortal Kombat references and the most talented dropper innerer ever in this ep. Plus, all that name stuff is legitimately laugh out loud funny. Watch it.

SEE ALSO: Billabong Want You To Stay At Their Pipe House


10. Rip Curl's Team Had A Watch Comp With Their Watches

Who can catch the most waves? Who can go the fastest? Who can get the longest wave? The Rippy team had a fun session out the font of their house on the North Shore the other day and used their Search watches to answer those questions. Doesn't West Aussie Jacob Wilcox look comfortable in Hawaii? Good question. Yes, yes he does, is the answer.

Bonus... Jadson Andre Lives!

Let's watch the moment Jadson Andre knew he requalified for the 2017 CT, because Jadson Andre is one of the best dudes on the CT and there's few people you'd less like to see fall off it. This was a great little moment caught by Steve Sherman for the WSL.

And that was this week in surfing. Have a good weekend everyone.

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