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Snake’s Unfiltered Finals Day Prognosis

“Whether you like the system or not, it’s exciting.”

elsewhere // Sep 6, 2023
Words by Holden Trnka
Reading Time: < 1 minutes

Click here to watch some raw Lowers warm-ups, and here for Kelly’s take on the WSL judging criteria.

Jake ‘Snake’ Paterson deserves all the credit he gets.

The witty West Australian spent over a decade on the Dream Tour, finished #5 in the world twice, and lifted trophies at Pipe, J-Bay, and Sunset (x2).

This legacy laid the groundwork for extended stints as Quik Team Manager and CT coach — where he molded youngsters like Griffin Colapinto and won a World Title with Stephanie Gilmore. In the process, heavily documented through Snaketales, he connected with numerous elite surfers and built their unwavering trust.

Now, Snake owes his allegiance to no brand or surfer other than himself, meaning that he has little trouble speaking in a disarmingly unguarded way about the state of modern surfing. This freedom, paired with a remarkable surfing IQ, means that we tend to listen when Snake talks.

Click above for a handful of Finals Day nuances you probably hadn’t considered, fresh from the Snake’s mouth. Odds

Men’s Winner

Filipe Toledo at -165

Griffin Colapinto at +250

Ethan Ewing at +800

Jack Robinson at +1100

João Chianca at +1600

Women’s Winner

Carissa Moore at -130

Tyler Wright at +400

Caroline Marks at +450

Caitlin Simmers at +750

Molly Picklum at +1000


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