“I’d been surfing all afternoon and decided it was time to get a wave in. When I got to the beach, the sun was setting and the light looked so sick that I felt like I had to go back and get just one more. #ThisWave came in and had such a perfect ramp — it was beautiful. Stoked I paddled back out.” - Kanoa Igarashi
“Rockies was really fun and I was going blow for blow with Yago dora and Ryan Callinan. Just before #ThisWave popped up, I looked in at the beach and saw @boskophoto jumping around and pointing at the sky. So I thought, fuck it, just go as big as possible and hopefully stomp it!” — Matt Banting
Dream, meet reality. Here's a touch of prophecy from Leonardo Fioravanti - although we've always found his surfing to speak louder than his words. Congratulations on qualifying for the World Surf League Championship Tour and for being the first ever Italian to do it! Bring on 2017.
A few years ago, Connor Oleary was teaching surf lessons in order to make ends meet. A few hours ago, he officially won the 2016 World Qualifying Series and secured his position on the 2017 World Surf League Championship Tour. The source of his rise to the top? Powerful, progressive surfing and relentlessly positive attitude. Congrats, Connor! Can't wait to watch you on the World Tour next year!