Gabriel Medina had the benefit of a half-hour break, while Kelly Slater was still coming down from the euphoria of his all-time semi-final, with John John Florence as the pair paddled out for the final (before you get conspiratorial, it was Kelly’s choice to surf immediately).
Remember Kolohe Andino, the kid who whimpered at Fiji two years ago and punched his board to pieces on the webcast? Neither do we. Big Brother is quickly becoming a man, his surfing matching that growth. It wasn’t the fifth at Chopes that mattered, it was the way he went about it. Sterling stuff.