After a feast of perfect waves, we finally have a winner in Filipe Toledo, the fastest surfer in the water at Supertubes. There are, however, other winners as well. Here are the movers on the Jeep Leaderboard rankings. Some went up, and some went down.
On The Up:
Conner Coffin + 8
His ninth place in the tournament saw the Santa Barbara surfer enjoy the biggest jump of all. His result at the Corona Open J-Bay was hard-earned, having to go through a protest and subsequent resurf against Jordy. He came up against a rampant Smith, and although he was beaten, there was nothing wrong with his performance at perfect Supers.
Filipe Toledo +7
The young Brazilian obviously had some energy to burn after his recent one-event suspension, and it was apparent in J-Bay. He was the fastest surfer in the water, taking that handle from Mick Fanning, and was attempting the biggest moves of the day on most days. He is now snugly inside the top 10, at World No. 7.
Frederico Morais + 6
The giant-killer of J-Bay, rookie surfer Frederico Morais was close to becoming the first Portuguese surfer to win a Championship Tour (CT) event. Although he came second to Filipe, he jumps up 6 places, to find himself 12th on the rankings, a healthy place to be at this time of the year.
Joan Duru + 5
Jumping from No. 27 to No. 22 on the Jeep Leaderboard, a 9th place in J-Bay was just what was needed for the French rookie. He is highly skilled and knows exactly how to ride Supers in all of its moods, but he will need to back this result up with continued effort during the back half of the season in order to requalify.
Jadson Andre +2
The popular surfer will obviously be thankful for moving up two places, but he is currently ranked at No. 32 and needs a few big results to get inside the Top 22 (the cutoff for qualification). Jaddy surfed great, and he has hordes of fans, so hopefully he'll find form over the back half of the year and be in a strong position to requalify. No one wants to see him go anywhere.
On the slide:
Kolohe Andino- 5
Whether his loss is attributable to a bodyboarder incident or not, Brother was sniffing around the top 10 prior to this competition, and was poised to secure himself a spot there. He is now sitting at 14 on the Jeep Leaderboard, which is no disgrace, but by all rights he is probably one of the most disappointed surfers after this event and will no doubt stage a serious comeback over the next five events.
Sebastian Zietz- 5
His loss to Leonardo Fioravanti in Round Two was a close heat, and Seabass never really got the time to find rhythm at Supers, which is a shame. He has a somewhat unconventional but extremely effective way of surfing Supers, doing rather unexpected moves at critical sections, and is pleasing to watch. At 15th on the Jeep Leaderboard, Zietz is fairly comfortable, but can't afford any more slip-ups and will need to up his game over the European leg, in particular.
Wiggolly Dantas - 4
In his own, very polite way, Shaun Tomson described Wiggolly's loss to Joel Parkinson as totally unnecessary. Dantas claimed a backhand barrel enthusiastically, and as a result his fins popped, and he fell. "He just needed to complete the ride," Tomson said. Dantas came into the event as a dangerman due to his explosive backhand surfing at Supers in the past, but will now need to rectify mistakes to get him up from 24th position.
Ian Gouveia - 3
He came up against the giant-killer in Freddy Morais, and despite surfing solidly, could not better the on-form Portuguese surfer. Gouveia has dropped down to 26th on the ratings, and really needed a big result here in J-Bay to solidify his requalification bid for 2018. He's got lineage -- his dad Fabio was a former pro surfer who won events and was in the top 10 for a decade -- and he has a smooth style that's very much suited to Supertubes, so this result will be a big disappointment, but hopefully a motivator as well.
Connor O'Leary - 3
Despite becoming one of those surfers who everyone wants to watch because of his incredible backhand approach, Connor had the proverbial shocker at J-Bay. With 10 minutes to go in his third round encounter against Morais, he could not get himself on to a good wave. He's fairly snug at 10th position, so nothing to worry about at all, and he will still have another big result this year without a doubt.