Why the 2017 Men’s Surf Championship Tour will be better than ever

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06 Mar, 2017 by Yvonne Hew

It seems like we only saw the conclusion of the 2016 Surf Championship Tour, but 2017 CT is about ready to kick off.

According to the World Surf League, this year’s crop of men is one of the most impressive, if not the most.

 

In it, there are six World Champions in Kelly Slater, Gabriel Medina, Adriano de Souza, John John Florence, Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson. There’s also seven impressive rookies who are expected to flip the competition upside down.

An unlimited supply of A-listers to say the least. We’re looking at some seriously competitive action this year.

 

The rookies are ready

Rookies strongly affected the rankings last year and five of seven have retained their seeding. The WSL has mentioned several rookies in particular. Expect to hear more about Ethan Ewing, Leo Fioravanti, Ian Gouveka, Connor O’Leary, Frederico Morais, Zeke Lau and Joan Duru.

 

The Surf Championship Tour Stars

The stars of 2016 are expected to make a big splash again in the Title contenders’ list. Filipe Toledo, Julian Wilson and Matt Wilkinson should be joined by Kolohe Andino and Michel Bourez.

But if you think these guys are enough to entertain us, think again. A substantial chunk of the tour roster consists of wonderfully talented surfers, known and loved for shaking up the rankings. They are every bit as threatening as the Title contenders and are capable of inflicting a lot of damage.

Josh Kerr, Italo Ferreira, Sebastian Zietz and Ace Buchan almost tripped things up in 2016. This year, surfers like Jack Freestone, Stu Kennedy, Connor Coffin and Caio Ibelli are eager to improve on their 2016 success.

Fan favorites return

Fans are looking forward to the return of Bede Duebridge and Owen Wright after they both missed 2016 season due to a shattered pelvis and severe head trauma respectively. If history is anything to go by, these two will be in top form.

 

This season’s crop, with a combined total of 132 CT victories, looks like the best so far in the history of pro surfing.

by Yvonne Hew – contributor

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