Finals day kicked off with Brazilians Wiggolly Dantas and Miguel Pupo in the quarter final with an extremely close heat with Pupo going through to the semi-final with a 13.70 against 13.67.
Heat 2 was an Australian match-up between Julian Wilson and Taj Burrow. Wilson started the heat with an explosive 9.77 putting Burrow in a combo situation. Wilson won the heat with 15.94 against Burrow’s 11.17.
Adriano de Souza
Mick Fanning was up against Adriano de Souza in heat 3 and took out local Fanning with 15.07 over Fanning’s 13.23.
Heat 4 saw another high scoring wave with Filipe Toledo’s 9.67. Durbidge answered back with an 8.40 but his score of 16.23 wasn’t enough to get through to the semifinals to Toledo’s 17.34.
The semifinals were heavily weighted with a Brazilian presence of Miguel Pupo, Adriano de Souza and Filipe Toledo and sole Australian, Julian Wilson.
In front of a huge crowd, Miguel Pupo and Julian Wilson started slowly in heat 1 but Wilson took to the air against Pupo’s backhand snaps and it was the airs that took Wilson through to the final with a 16.26 against Pupo’s 15.60.
The final between Julian Wilson and Filipe Toledo was a slow start for Wilson who let over 15 minutes pass before taking his first wave and on his second wave scored a 9.10. Toledo kept busy and started the final with an 8.00 ride and scored a 9.60 followed soon with a 9.17, finishing with a 10 point ride. Wilson couldn’t find a score to match and finished with a 14.70.
This year the WSL has introduced personalised numbers for all surfers on the World Tour. A way to align a number with a hero and (we think) a way to sell merchandise off the back of those signature digits. Who chose what and why did they choose it? We grabbed the Quik pro team and got the breakdown.
Jeremy Flores #40 - My postcode in my home town of Hossegor is 40150 so I went with 40. I wanted 69 but they (WSL) wouldn’t give it to me because it would cause too much “suspicion”.
Matt Banting #94 - I went with the year I was born; 1994. I asked for 69 like Jeremy but got told no, even though I said it was because 1969 was the year Quiksilver was founded.
Wiggolly Dantas #06 - I wanted 16 because I was born on 16 December 1989 but Kai Otton already had it. So i chose 06 because its my lucky number.
Freddy Patacchia #50 - Right now (Quiksilver Pro) my rashvest says #88. I chose that because of my home town of Hawaii’s area code and because…aces and eights man, you never fold, you always go for it. But Steph (Stephanie Gilmore) has #88, something to do with the symbol for infinity. I can’t have the same number as a 6x World Champion so I’m changing to #50. Hawaii’s is America's 50th state and the 50th star on the American flag. I’ll be changing over to that number at Bells.
What numbers are the other WCT riders wearing?
Gabriel Medina #10, Mick Fanning #7, John John Florence #12, Kelly Slater #11, Michel Bourez #9, Joel Parkinson #81, Jordy Smith #23, Adriano de Souza #13, Taj Burrow #99, Josh Kerr #84, Kolohe Andino #22, Owen Wright #3, Nat Young #2, Julian Wilson #17, Adrian Buchan #21, Bede Durbidge #33, Filipe Toledo #77, Kai Otton #16, Miguel Pupo #91, Sebastien Zietz #14, Jadson Andre #5, Adam Melling #67, Italo Ferreira #15, Matt Wilkinson #8, Keanu Asing #4, Dusty Payne #87, Brett Simpson #48, Ricardo Christie #18, CJ Hobgood #85, Glenn Hall #25