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
Jamie Mitchell has won the inaugural Nazaré Challenge, at Praia do Norte, in Portugal. The Australian big wave surfer was the standout athlete of the whole event run in six hours at the iconic spot of Praia do Norte. There were big drops, massive wipeouts, two-wave hold-downs, monster peaks, awkward currents, and die-hard fans screaming from the cliff with the lighthouse as a backdrop.
Jamie Mitchell claims the Nazaré Challenge 2016
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.
Mick Fanning has ridden the Arctic waves of Lofoten, in Norway, underneath the Aurora Borealis. The three-time world champion could not contain his delight after he journeyed to the Arctic Circle to undertake a magical adventure. The 35-year-old Australian surfer had to combat freezing water completely at odds to his usual warm surfing conquests around the globe.
Mick Fanning surfs Norway underneath the Aurora Borealis
Bob McTavish announced the launch of a limited edition of the iconic 9’7” Noosa 1966 longboard. The legendary surfer-shaper will travel with his son Ben to Noosa to produce 20 handcrafted boards using the same materials and construction methods from the era. “It’s hard to believe it’s been 50 years since I shaped my first really successful design: the Noosa ’66. I’d been shaping since 1962, but I mostly shaped what the bosses asked for,” reveals Bob McTavish.