The 2017 Hurley Pro this year saw some next level surfing from the worlds best. It was cool to see these guys laying everything they have into their rails and fins. Some serious hacks and the air game was there, but now with style. Ally-oops and no grab straight airs were cool to see.
Was good to see the man Lightning back at lowers doing what he does best. Unfortunately he seemed to be struggling to find the right waves. And Im not sure how much longer speed and turns are going to carry him through his heats going against guys like Jordy, Filipe, John John and all the new guns who not only have speed, power, but have the air game as well.
Despite lack of surf or size of surf the weather conditions throughout the Hurley pro were epic conditions. Warm Water Glassy and Sunny. Similar to Jordy in the Final John John's run was cut short in the Semis against Filipe Toledo. This was the heat I looked most forward to seeing these two battle it out as they both can rip small waves into pieces.
Congratulations to the 2017 Hurley Lowers Pro contest Champion Filepe Toledo! It was a well fought and well deserved victory for the young Brazilian. Filipe's style and is fast, on rail and his aerial assault is one of the best in the sport of surfing. His ability to generate speed on flat or small waves is unnatural or supernatural, not quite sure and his knees are probably bionic
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Jordy was on fire throughout the entire contest manhandling Lowers like it was a toy. When the sets rolled in he seemed to unstoppable against anyone, but in the end lack of surf in the final against Filipe Toledo with only one scorable wave which was a 9 point something was his demise. It would have been interesting to watch Jordy and Felipe go wave for wave to see who would win.
Hard to tell if Filipe was just having fun in the final, showing off, or messing with Jordy's head. This next sequence shot is of Filipe's one foot floater. You got to give it to him for his style and creativity. You know that the crowd sure loved every minute of it.