“I didn’t realize I was going to be overwhelmed by it, but I haven’t been in
this position before, at this point of the year, with this many wins,”
Throughout the season Kelly has alternated between his two signature FCS
fins (the K2.1 & K3) to fine-tune his boards for the conditions and achieve
these incredible victories.
At Snapper Rocks he used the upright K2.1s to match the tight pocket surfing
the point demands. At Bell’s he rode the raked back K3s to draw long
powerful arcs around and through the chunky sections. In Fiji Kelly was back
on the K2.1s with blistering down the line speed punctuated by deep tubes
and floaters that flirted with disaster.
Most recently at Jeffery’s Bay Slater used the K-3s (combining the
Performance Glass side fins with a Glassflex back fin) to dominate the
field, stitching together series after series of ultra radical maneuvers and
long arching gouges at top speed. His performances are a credit to his
ability, and his understanding of both the waves and his equipment.
As we approach the next event somewhere in Bali the world waits and wonders.
Can he win another? What fins will he ride? Will he win world title number
Italy has waves and Sardinia has some of the best spots, places you would not believe. Leonardo Fioravanti knows that better than most...
From the Caribbean to Nova Scotia (and maybe even Europe) the forecast is for a medium sized swell to grace your local beach.
Like a lot of the waves in the edit, this one is a grower. Dusty Payne and Yadin Nicol make light work of things you'd sail on by.
Highlight of the day was the 17-year-old brother of local legend Manoa. He blew everyone away.
We break down the reasons why Edouard might be the most interesting storm of the season so far.
Next week we have great looking numbers for Trestles, the Wedge and elsewhere in Southern California.