Four surfers have confirmed their spot in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Outerknown Fiji Pro. The non-elimination round at Cloudbreak brought a few surprises, but Matt Wilkinson played a smart game in a tricky heat against Julian Wilson and Ian Gouveia. It’s clear he wants the yellow jersey. “I’ve just been free surfing and keeping busy on those lay days, but stoked to get it back on and get some fun waves. Before last year, I’d never really had a big result here. To get to that final last year was a pretty good confidence boost for me for this year,” explained Wilkinson.
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Round 4 completed at Cloudbreak
Competition heats up at Snapper Rocks, as the world’s best surfers battle for a spot in Round 4 of the 2017 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, in Australia. With the famous right-hander peeling down the line in the three-to-five foot range, John John Florence unleashed his technical experience to defeat Mikey Wright in Round 3. “Mikey Wright is such a gnarly competitor especially. That wave I got was smaller, which is why Mikey didn’t take it knowing there was time left. It had a nice long wall, so I got to surf the whole way through and had a few barrels,” explained the 2016 world champion.
Tight battles in the 2017 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast
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.