Mick Fanning and Owen Wright have been confirmed on the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour. The three-time world surfing champion decided to return to competition again, after spending most of 2016 in free surf and decompression mode. Fanning says he is highly motivated and ready to do battle. “2015 was a tough year. A lot happened to me on camera and in my personal life. I just felt exhausted by the end of it. Fortunately, I was in a position to step away from the Tour and have some time to myself,” the Australian explained.
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2017 WSL Championship Tour: Mick Fanning and Owen Wright return
The names of the surfers who will compete on the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) have been unveiled. The 2017 pro surfing season will have 34 men and 17 women competing in the elite club. As always, there are new faces and the usual veterans. On the men’s side, the 2016 world champion John John Florence will defend his maiden title against a strong field of surfers from nine different nations.
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The top surfers of the 2017 World Surf League
Despite the small waves, the Billabong Pipe Masters 2016 has finally entered Round 4. John John Florence looked comfortable in the three-to-five-foot surf at Pipeline. The 2016 World Surf League champion eliminated Bede Durbidge, and he is en route to winning the 2016 Triple Crown of Surfing. “It was super cool to surf against Bede. He is such a legend and such a good guy. He is an amazing surfer, and it is so awesome to see him back in the water now. I started working with him at Snapper earlier this year, and he was barely walking,” noted Florence.
The Peahi Challenge 2016 has been given the green light. The competition will get underway on the 11th November, at Jaws, Maui. The second stop on the 2016 Big Wave Tour (BWT) is expecting 30-foot-plus swell. Twenty-four uber-athletes are warming up for one of the greatest wave riding contests in the planet. “We have been tracking a storm from the Pacific Northwest and anticipate a promising swell to deliver for our first BWT event of the Northern Hemisphere season. We expect 30-foot-plus waves with favorable winds and tides,” explained BWT Commissioner Peter Mel.
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Jaws is ready for the Peahi Challenge 2016
John John Florence is the only surfer who can claim the 2016 World Surf League Championship Tour title at Supertubos, in Peniche. Nevertheless, the world title race still includes no less than nine pro surfers – Florence, Gabriel Medina, Matt Wilkinson, Jordy Smith, Kolohe Andino, Julian Wilson, Filipe Toledo, Kelly Slater, and Adriano de Souza. Can the Hawaiian win his maiden world title in a beach break? Mathematically, it is possible. Florence will need to triumph at the Meo Rip Curl Pro Portugal or finish second. But there are more variables in the winning formula.
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Only John John Florence can win the world title at Supertubos