Australia won 6 out of the 13 gold medals at stake in the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, held in Copenhagen and Cold Hawaii, in Denmark. The Australian athletes conquered the SUP Surfing (Women), Prone Distance Race (Men and Women), Paddleboard Technical (Men and Women), and Team Relay Race divisions. As a result, the Aussie team claimed the overall 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship title, their fifth in six editions.
Aritz Aranburu conquered the 2017 Billabong Pro Tahiti Trials, at Teahupoo. The Spanish surfer defeated Nathan Edge in a final held in challenging ocean and weather conditions. Despite the absence of the classic Teahupoo barrels, all 32 trialists gave their best to earn a spot in the main event. “It’s a dream come true,” expressed Aritz Aranburu, a former Championship Tour (CT) campaigner. He will face Matt Wilkinson and Wiggolly Dantas in Round 1 of the competition.
The fans and the competitors won’t forget this day at J-Bay. It was pro surfing at its best. The South African point break delivered flawless six-to-eight-foot waves, and the athletes answered accordingly. The day kicked off with pure magic. When Filipe Toledo gained speed and launched into a magnificent air reverse, everybody knew this day would be a special one. The judges had no doubts – Perfect 10.
Jordy Smith scored the first ever Perfect 20 heat at J-Bay with a combination of power surfing and flawless tube riding. With two Perfect 10-point rides, the South African made history at his favorite surf break and secured a spot in Round 4 of the 2017 Corona Open J-Bay. “It feels absolutely phenomenal. Just be to here at J-Bay where the waves are firing and to have that opportunity is incredible. You go out there and give it everything you’ve got,” noted Smith.
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Jordy Smith scores a Perfect 20 heat at J-Bay
Filipe Toledo surfed the first Perfect 10-point wave of the 2017 Corona Open J-Bay, in South Africa. The Brazilian wonder boy stormed the second day of competition in flawless five-to-eight-foot surf at Supertubes. Toledo won his Round 2 heat with a near-perfect two-wave total of 19.63 points. “It feels good to be back.You just have to enjoy it out there. Our heat was definitely amazing with pumping surf non-stop. My froth level is over the moon,” expressed Toledo.
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Spectacular waves ignite the 2017 Corona Open J-Bay