The Olympics is perhaps the biggest stage for surfing, ever and the (arguably) world's best surfers in John John Florence and Steph Gilmore are now out of the event. John John Florence was knocked out of the competition by USA team mate Kolohe Andino and Steph fell to Bianca Buitendag. And that's really a kick in the teeth because we have JJF and Steph down to win at least silver in the Olympics. Bah.
It's worth noting though, that JJF has been nursing a knee injury. That's not to take away from Kolohe's victory, but the Hawaiian-born, long-touted dragon slayer in John looked as if he was recovering from injury. Brother moves on to face Kanoa Igarashi in the quarters.
Other quarter final match ups are Bourez vs Medina (battle of the powerhouses), Italo Ferreira vs Hiroto Ohhara and Lucca Mesinas vs Owen Wright. And, isn't that a world class match up? We're basically watching a CT event, though the waves could be about to get a little more...funky.
Meanwhile, over on the women's side of things, perhaps the biggest upset is Steph Gilmore has been eliminated. South African Bianca Buitendag wound down the Aussie yesterday, nudging Steph's 10.00 with a 13.93. Portugal's Yolanda Hopkins also managed to move past Johanne Defy yesterday in round 3, moving her on to the quarter finals.
The women's quarter final match ups are; Bianca Buitendag vs Yolanda Hopkins, Carissa Moore vs Silvana Lima, Brissa Hennessy vs Caroline Marks and Sally Fitz vs Amuro Tsuzuki. Competition will restart again tomorrow and to find out where you can watch it, go HERE.
Look, here was our 100 per cent official MSW predictions for who was going to win what. And yeah, yeah, rub it in...
What we said:
Gold: Gabriel Medina
Silver: John John Florence
Bronze: Kanoa Igarashi
Potential spoiler: Italo Ferreira
Gold: Carissa Moore
Silver: Steph Gilmore
Bronze: Caroline Marks
Potential spoiler: Johanne Defay
JJF and Steph are toast. Kanoa is looking spritely but then the Huntington-based lad, born to Japanese parents, has been crushing it in recent events. Meanwhile, Johanne Defay is out on the women's side, so no chance to play spoiler here. Caroline Marks or Carissa though? This getting tough to call. Caroline's looking stronger, more power, more Occy-esque every time she paddles out.
Carissa though, with all that experience, all that poise.... We'll have our first ever Olympic champs in a few days and that's likely the next time we'll run a piece.
Until then 1) enjoy the show and 2) who've you got set for the win?