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READER POLL 2017
We promise this won’t (really) hurt.

Wanna win a new surfboard? We have a custom Chilli ‘Black Vulture’ to gift (plus all the trim you’d expect from a premium dealer). To be in the running, just answer a few questions for us. It won’t take long.

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Close READER POLL 2017
We promise this won't (really) hurt.

Wanna win a new surfboard? We have a custom Chilli ‘Black Vulture’ to gift (plus all the trim you’d expect from a premium dealer). To be in the running, just answer a few questions for us. It won’t take long.

Jordy Smith Is A Pigeon

Lonely grey waves streaked down the point. The beach was spread thinly with people wearing thick coats. Jordy Smith stood dripping wet on a small podium, shivering, while Rosy Hodge lobbed post-heat questions at him. Her voice created the only warm gust of the day.

“It’s like a bunch of pigeons, you know?” Jordy said in regards to his relationship with Dale Staples. “They’re all lovey-dovey but when somebody throws some feed down, they’re going to fight for every seed.” Jordy had just beaten Dale in the first heat of Round 2. It was close — .40 close — and could have gone either way. Jordy went on to explain that he viewed Dale as the deadliest guy in the draw. Well, he’s gone now. If you think about it, the entire WSL is built on fighting for seeds.

In the next and last heat, Matt Wilkinson surfed against another wildcard, Michael February. Febbo got the best of him on the opening exchange and then Wilko did something very resemblant of not Wilko and surfed a smart heat to take the lead and bring it home. Although he’s already got two throw away results in his scoreline — so does John John — Wilko seems so consistent this year. I get the feeling he's really going to contend till the end this year. Imagine that: a champion of the people, for the people. You, me and Micro can only dream.

More swell is on the way and we should be back on tomorrow.