Filipe #4; Sally Fitz drops from first to fourth!
Shortly after the Lowers contest, which Filipe Toledo won with a madness not seen since the routine pleasures of Kelly Slater in the nineteen-nineties, I did a rough calculation and determined that Filipe was now top five, and therefore in a position to surge to the world title.
A bounce to the WSL website ratings, however, revealed Filipe to still be seventh, despite winning J-Bay and Trestles.
Of course. The adjusted-non-adjusted ratings conundrum.
Does it strike you as odd, as it does me, that on a tour that only has eleven events, only the best nine results are counted? And that the ratings, as the WSL posts ’em after each event, are misleading?
Drop the two worst events and Julian Wilson drops from third to fifth, Owen fifth to sixth, Adriano sixth to seventh, Wilko jumps from fourth to third and Filipe…Filipe… seventh to fourth.
The women’s ratings are more dramatic. Tour leader Sally Fitzgibbons drops from first to fourth.
Of course, the decision to drop two shitty results was made to allow for a bad event, lulls, conditions, whatever that don’t go a surfer’s way.
And the WSL posts the cumulative results until the men get through their tenth event (dropping their worst result) and the women through their ninth.
If the tour were to finish suddenly, as it did in 2001 when troublemakers from Saudi Arabia belted America in the face, Courtney Conlogue would be the gal’s champ, and Jordy the men by a minuscule 200 points from John John.
Prediction: Filipe semi’s or betters in France and Portugal. Finishes third at Pipe. Wins title.
And I win a thousand bucks (Sportsbet is paying $21 for a Filipe title).