After 5 events the Men’s Championship Tour race is beginning to heat up. With a solid win for Matt Wilkinson, he wraps up Fiji with the Yellow jersey for the second year in a row. Could this be Mattys Wilkinson’s year? With the talent that’s chasing Wilkinsons tail the number one seed is all but a tie with only 250 to 650 points separating the top 5, and Joel Parkinson sitting at 6th with 22,650 pts, it’s looking like a 6 man race to the finish.
With the next stop at the dreamy right-hander Jeffreys Bay, look for Joel Parkinson to better his position, as a stylish regular-footer the judges will enjoy watching Parkos silky style cruising through J-Bays long hollow walls. Parko is the only surfer in the top 6 that has not won an event this season, and with a solid performance at the 6 stop, the Corona Jeffreys Bay event he will firmly place himself in contention for the second half of 2017 season. Parko could run the table after his strong performance in Fiji. With the sun setting On Parkos stellar Pro career with one World Championship and 4-second place finishes, Parko still has the surfing skills, and the head space to handle the pressure all the way into the final event at Pipeline.
- Two other top-seeded regular footers John John Florence and local J Bay favorite, Jordy Smith both always J-Bay favorites will be close on Wilkos heals looking to take the top spot, and it’s still too early to count Owen Wright or Adriano De Souza out of the mix.
- The Corona Jeffreys Bay event will mark the halfway point in the season and anyone that wants to be world champion this year will need to make a move at Jeffreys Bay. Its looking like a six man race to the finish, and one of these six will be your 2017 World Champion.
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