At this point in the season of 2017, John John Florence was in possession of the coveted yellow jersey having finished 3rd at the Gold Coast, 1st at Margaret River, and 3rd at Bells Beach.
John was on fire, to say the least. Being the highest seed in the event, John John was matched up against 20-year-old wildcard, QS savage, and hyped free surfer, Yago Dora.
The Brazilian wildcard who was currently No. 3 on the Qualifying Series, after gaining entry into the Oi Rio Pro by winning the highly competitive trials, made his first appearance in the bright lights of the Championship Tour stage.
Yago had the one of the highest scores of the comp thus far with 9.23. Heading into this matchup amped up, Yago Dora let it be known that he was the next up to represent for Brazil on the CT!