The final day of the Boost Mobile Pro presented by Quiksilver at Lower Trestles began with overcast, dark, and gloomy clouds and ended with sunshine and a surprise winner from Australia named Richie Lovett. High tide, slow, very windy surf eventually cleared out and it even cleaned up a bit—it still wasn’t the Trestles we all love. Around chest to head-high, every competitor in every heat lived by the sword and died by it. Simply put, wave choice was king.
As usual, the lefts were steeper, but shorter. Today, they were more consistent. The rights were longer, but they were also very rare. On either side of the peak, there was always a good chance the damn waves would dupe surfers into taking it and burger the whole way in. And when that happens, the highest score you can get is in the average range (around a five).
It’s what took Taylor Knox out. After defeating Kelly Slater in the quarterfinals, Knox began the semi against Richie Lovett with a solid score of 7.83. But hampered by crap waves and even worse decisions, he found himself needing an 8.35 and only minutes left. One last-ditch effort in the form of an illusionary left gave him a 4.67 and Lovett went into the final. “I really thought the left I ended up getting at the end looked like it was gonna double up, said Knox after the heat. “I took off and it ended up being a big burger. But then he got his big score on the next one and I was just so bummed because I had priority. The wave I went on when I was looking at it looked like it was gonna wedge and be a pretty decent wave and it just burgered out. I was just trying to get in more of a rhythm and not let it come down to the wire like I have been every heat. I was kind of looking to see if there was gonna be any good rights—I kind of gave up on that in the beginning. I did my best and I felt like I have a lot to learn in surfing still. I felt like I was looser in Kelly’s heat than in that heat—just by a fraction.
The other semi featured Taj Burrow versus Victor Ribas. A majority of the heat was characterized by scores at about seven or lower. Going into the last few minutes Ribas found himself down by a score of 7.12 and, with seconds left, found a smaller-left that he worked all the way in and finished with an air he claimed immediately after landing. Once the score came back as a five, the Brazilian immediately showed his displeasure and frustration with a barrage of comments on the way back the stands.
[IMAGE 6]For the final, Richie Lovett’s first in an eight-year WCT career, the Australian by way of Sydney began right off the bat with an eight. The rest of the heat seemed to be cursed by falls and scores in the range of sixes. The crucial point of the heat came at about the thirteen-minute mark when Burrow caught a long, righthand-set wave, ripped three beautiful turns, then tried to bunny hop some kelp on the inside and fell. Right back into the lineup, T.B. found a left and got a 7.53, but still was looking for a 7.08 to take the lead. Another exchange, another couple falls, and Lovett capped the heat with an 8.07 and his first WCT win.
A final’s a final and Burrow moved himself into the WCT title race and found himself only 648 points behind Irons and happy for Lovett. “I kind of struggled in the final, said Burrow on the podium. “I had a couple good waves, but I kind of fell towards to the end and Richie just nailed it from the start. Congrats to him and I’m still stoked.
Delighted over the victory, Lovett was 30,000 dollars richer as well. “I’m absolutely over the moon, said a beer-drenched Lovett on the podium. “It’s the first time I made a final—I’ve been trying for eight years to do it. My family never gave up on me and my friends never gave up on me—this is a dream day for me.
For complete results and action photos, go to: aspworldtour.com