Brazil sweeps Hurley Pro at Trestles
Sweep for Brazil
Brazil has swept the Hurley Pro and Swatch Pro at Lower Trestles. Surfing with blistering speed and precision, Filipe Toledo took out the Hurley Pro, while Silvana Lima made a passion play to win the Swatch Women's Pro. With playful, glassy three-foot surf on offer on the final day of the contest, both surfers stepped up their game and took out some heady competition en route to the top of the podium.
"I just want to thank God and my family for their support, family is super important for me," said Toledo after it was over. With his baby daughter in his arms he added, "Especially with the second baby coming soon."
Still in the lead
For South Africa's Jordy Smith, a runner-up finish came as a bit of a disappointment. While still a positive result, he'd been gunning for a win and hoped to put some more distance between himself and the other surfers still in the race for the title. With three events left, he still maintains control of the gold leader jersey, but he's going to have to fight tooth and nail to hold onto it.
The dark horse
On the women's side of, 32-year-old Lima played the role of dark horse throughout the contest. Beating world champs Stephanie Gilmore and Carissa Moore en route to the final, she clearly found her form for the Swatch Pro. After years of dealing with injuries and sponsorship issues she was back atop the podium -- her first tour victory since 2010.
"I came here thinking I want to get a Lowers tattoo if I win, so my next one is the train," said Lima. "I just had to believe in God, he knows you, he knows your time and I was just waiting, but this is my time. I've gotten so much confidence from the QS and being at the top of the rankings there has really helped me be able to relax and let loose on the CT. All I wanted to do was have fun out there and do my best."
Currently ranked second in the world, Hawaii's John John Florence lost out to Toledo in a wave-starved semifinal heat. Both appeared to be the in-form surfers throughout the event and their duel was billed as a "super heat," but the Pacific had other plans. With the swell on the decline, Toledo was able to capitalize on the infrequent set waves to put Florence in a hole he was never able to climb out of.
Ace in the hole
Tour vet Ace Buchan's had a bit of an up and down year. Heading into the Hurley Pro he was sitting on the bubble of not qualifying for the 2018 tour, but thanks to a semifinal appearance in California he's shot up the ranking six spots and how sits 12th in the world. While he won't be contending for a title, he can take plenty of solace in knowing his spot on tour is relatively safe for next year.
Best result of the year
The best result of the year for Aussie Keely Andrew, her second-place finish in the Swatch Pro should keep her on tour in 2018. "It's nice to finally show the world what I can do and it was great to let loose and get really good waves out there," said Andrew. "There's normally a hundred people out there so to get to surf it to its full potential is a lot of fun."
Stephanie Gilmore's run came to an abrupt end when Lima sent her packing in the quarterfinals. "I've had a lot of heats with Steph and she's so inspiring," said Lima afterward. "There's so many fun waves out there. I look to do my best at Lowers. This wave suits me so good. It's like a skatepark and I feel so much confidence. That was my moment and Im just so thankful."