18 September, 2017 18 September, 2017


Toledo Wins Trestles, Jordy Keeps the Yellow Jersey, Europe Looms.

The only person who was going to derail Jordy Smith at the Trestles racing track is also the first person to win two events this year and, once again, the world title scenario has another dangerous contender.

Filipe Toledo is the 2017 Hurley Pro Trestles Champion, defeating current world number 1 Jordy Smith in the final.

The only person who was going to derail Jordy Smith at Trestles, Filipe Toledo. Image: WSL / Sean Rowland

The 15.67 vs 9.80 weighting of the final score card told a tale of contrasting strategy. Toledo stayed busy, Jordy waited. And, considering the diminishing returns of a dying swell, the Toledo approach was the one that clicked and whirred to life in an ocean that gave very little back.

In the conditions on offer, Toledo has no equal when it comes to connectivity of turns, flow, variety and an almost impossible to believe change-up in speed. There’s simply zero resistance to what he wants out of the wave.

Jordy came close though, make no mistake about it. His searing, full arc rail work 9.0, the highest single wave score in the match-up, unfortunately had no backup as the Trestles lineup lay flat and lifeless as the clock ran down.

With a weak forecast, a lot happened quickly then everything slowed down, then a lot happened quickly again at the 2017 Hurley Pro Trestles.

Here are a few things that stood out under the ashen skies.

Jordy Has a Plan. And It’s Working.

When you break down Smith’s 2017 Hurley Pro Trestles campaign, an unexpected and up until now, unannounced quality stands out: the strength of a sound heat strategy.

In coach Chris Gallagher, Jordy clearly has a man who understands the strength of a single-minded idea: Choose a strategy and implement it, don’t waver from it, don’t change it. Image: WSL / Kenneth Morris

Jordy’s talent and natural abilities have never been in question. If anything they’ve been a source of great frustration to his admirers, as the unflinching raw power and seamless flow has never been fully supported and harnessed by the authority of a clear plan.

In coach Chris Gallagher, Jordy clearly has a man who understand the strength of a single minded idea: Chose a strategy and implement it, don’t waver from it, don’t change it.

Scrub through the heat analyser and watch Smith’s heats. There’s a consistency to the heat plan. He waited for an exact type of wave. From round 1 to the final. He chose them, no matter how deep the clock ran, no matter how long the lulls. The Jordy of old would have surrendered to the panic of an unstructured plan. But the 2017 version goes in to Europe wearing the yellow jersey, powered by belief, backed by unquestionable talent and both Gallagher and Smith will know, the world title has never looked closer.

The Waiting Game Can End You.

Patience may be a virtue, but at Trestles with a deep period and inconsistent swell, it’s the kiss of death.

Almost every time someone dropped anchor and waited for the magical set wave, they lost. It happened to Nat Young, Mick Fanning (twice) and in the final to Jordy Smith.

Strategically, it’s a serious roll of the dice. You’re putting all you have to win on one wave. You need a pair of sixes, and after waiting 25 minutes, the ocean throws you back snake’s eyes.

The patience game didn’t workout for three time World Champion Mick Fanning. Image: WSL / Steve Sherman

In slow heats, the house always wins. And the loser doesn’t go back to the bar, he goes to a place far more crushing: defeat. At your own hands. To all those surfers who stubbornly adopted the patience game it became clear, that good things, don’t always come to those who wait.

The Hunger Games – Starring Jadson Andre

Jadson Andre has 9 mouths to feed. He’s the sole bread winner to an extended family. That’s not warm, fuzzy PR puff. It’s fact. And boy, does he surf hungry.

Every turn, rotator air, every minute of every heat, he’s in it to win it. There’s an urgency and purpose that drives Jadson forward.  It’s visceral and done with heart.

 You’re reminded of what it is Jadson’s surfing for, and it’s clearly not just for himself.   

There’s an urgency and purpose that drives Jadson forward. It’s visceral and done with heart. Image: WSL / Kenneth Morris

Perhaps someone should have reminded Kolohe Andino of that when he was beaten fair and square by Jadson in Round 2.

Kolohe’s petulant brat rant and dummy spitting in the locker room was shameful and embarrassing. A better man would have known he was defeated by a sharper opponent, and dare I say it, one who was hungrier to win.

Andino, to his credit, donated his winnings to the victims of Hurricane Irma, but for me, Jadson was one of the unsung performers at the 2017 Hurley Pro Trestles.

It’s great to have people like Jadson on tour, they break the mould of the cookie cutter competitor and stand for something far more relatable than just seeking two big scores.

Please Bring Back Barton!

Please will the WSL ensure his visas are in order for France and Portugal. The genuine energy, honesty and insights of Barton Lynch were a welcome relief to a broadcast that needed his effervescence and natural charisma that is unaffected by corporate rehearsal.

We need Barton Lynch or we’ll just get more of this:

Joe: Finals Day, Pottz.
Pottz: I’ll tell you what. Finals Day, Joe.
Joe: Finals Day. Let’s go to K.P. down on the beach, where it’s Finals Day.

Kieren: Yeah, Finals Day Joe. We’re on.

Joe: Thanks K.P. Finals Day out in the water, Strider.
Strider: I’m so excited it’s Finals Day out here in the water, Joe.
Joe: Me too, Strider. I love that it’s Finals Day.

Will Wilko and Owen bounce back in France, or will it be Jordy popping the champagne? Maybe Slater will re-emerge from his moon boot and win it going goofy? Will Barton Lynch be there… will they give him a beret?

See you there, I’m prepping the couch already!

The Chairman


  1. Davey
    18 September, 2017 at 4:46 pm · Reply

    Sick write up Pie……YES Slater could eff it all up……taking out WT 12 …….going goofy with his moon boot !!!!!!! Wa ha ha!!!

  2. Andrzej Kowalski
    19 September, 2017 at 2:31 am · Reply

    Well I will eat Humble pie, Jordy is on the way to a title. And yes, he actually had great heat strategy. (for once) He has one small problem to overcome JJF at Pipe. If all goes well, he might build up a lead strong enough to not need a result at Pipe.

    I will stand by my comments that tour is broken. The format is wrong. Loser heats should have been scrapped when we had no swell. And Yes I would rather watch an event in a Wavepool. At least there are waves. One minute of riding waves and 24 minutes of Martin Potter droning on is just losing fans. I stopped watching a heat halfway thru, because, I just watched a flat ocean for 10 minutes. Only die-hard purists can endure that.

    Luckily the WSL have finally acknowledged the format is broken, and next year, we will see a reduced numbers of contests, no losers rounds and some Wave Pool events. I believe there are having a secret trial contest run next week in Kelly’s pool.

  3. Wade
    19 September, 2017 at 7:36 am · Reply

    awesome read Glenolds, classic!!!

  4. Bushy
    19 September, 2017 at 9:43 am · Reply

    So, in summary, Jordy has a game plan that works, but it’s also the kiss of death?

  5. Dale
    19 September, 2017 at 9:54 am · Reply

    Nice one bru, great report!

  6. Alex
    19 September, 2017 at 10:52 am · Reply

    Great read Glen! The excerpt from the dialogue between the commentators is sheer stoner comedy gold! Kevin Smith couldn’t have written it better. Sounds like a bunch of baked bros all agreeing on how much they like pizza. When I watch the feed I turn the sound off and crank some decent tunes rather than suffer such inanity. Toledo was a wild man. Small firecracker of a guy on small firecracker waves – Jordy never stood a chance. At least his long-term strategy is working but let’s hope it’s not too long-term for, in the words of the economist John Maynard Keynes, in the long run we are all dead!

  7. Craig
    19 September, 2017 at 1:06 pm · Reply

    Jordy should do well in Europe and hopefully extend the lead. He seems to be enjoying the front runner position. That said, he doesn’t want to go into pipe with a slender lead, especially with Kelly ( a possible JJF spoiler) being out for a while. I really really hope he can bring it home. I think the waiting strategy was solid as Toledo is virtually unbeatable in those conditions.

  8. Tors10
    19 September, 2017 at 4:57 pm · Reply

    Thank you for the insights, Chairman!

  9. Jon
    20 September, 2017 at 7:37 pm · Reply

    HA HA. Love the commentary section… to funny!
    One thing that bugs me about Jordy’s strategy is that he never does anything risky anymore. He seems to have adopted the Parko/Fanning strategy.
    I hope he doesn’t forget how to do airs!

  10. Byron
    21 September, 2017 at 9:00 am · Reply

    Nice one chairman- love the gambling reference – defeat at your hands- feel for the competitors having to deal with those lulls-and then of course the serious side effect of lulls, having to deal with mundane commentary.

    Great title race though and Jordy is looking like the real deal now-the entire package. I’d love nothing more for him to beat JJF at Pipe to clinch the world title-the victory over him in Tahiti shows it can be done. But he wouldn’t want to leave it to that.Does feel like Jordy is still holding those airs like an ace up the sleeve-we all know he’s as good as the next guy-ok maybe not like Toledo-but that kids a freak.

    Lets hope the waves improve for rest of the tour year- big heavy barrels in France and Supertubos would be a welcome change to the wave dribble in Cali. If not for the surfers at least for us viewers to not be subjected to the WSL mouth dribble.


  11. Mark
    21 September, 2017 at 4:26 pm · Reply

    As per usual nice writeup meneer da chair… i love the fact that you mentioned the hunger that Jadson has, well on the other side of the compo the womens event was taken out by Silvana
    Lima who has even more of a hunger that JA, selling her house just to be able to do the tour… there’s a hunger in some of the competitors that one JS will never know… it makes me wonder how everyone can blow smoke up the kids ass when to be honest he has been gifted his position on the world stage and has not really lived up to those expectations… can’t see Jordy selling his house to just be on tour? What Gally has brought to his competitive strategy is the reason he is where he is right now (natural ability aside) but I question… Does Jordy have the hunger to win?

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