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The Pick Up: Brazil Conquers Hawaii And A Beach Near You!
In 2017, there's nothing they can't do.
With Filipe’s victory at Haleiwa a couple weeks ago, Brazilians have officially won at every stop in the Vans Triple Crown. This theme of Brazilians ticking boxes has been uber-prevalent over the past few years. Some call it a storm. We call it a long time coming.
Brazilians are crazy talented, and perhaps the most inherently driven athletes in surfing. Blame it on socioeconomic circumstances or something in the water, but Brazilians clearly want it. And by it, I mean to win. And by win I mean everything.
At present, Brazil claims nine of the world’s top 34 surfers and five of the 2018 CT qualifiers. They’ve got more elite surfers than any country besides Australia, who has dominated professional competitive surfing, mean-wise, since its inception in the 1970s. Assuming there are no major shake-ups at Pipe, 2018 will hold another major milestone for the Brazilians – for the first time in surfing history, they will be most well-represented nation on the Championship Tour.
But before all that the best Brazilian surfer, Gabs Medina, has a title to win. Let’s see if he can intimidate John like he’s intimidated Kolohe and steal a second crown at Pipe.
And here we extend another red hot welcome to "The Pick Up" a Stab x Vans Joint!