The 2017 Rip Curl Pro Tofino enjoyed excellent weather, perfectly fun waves and an internationally stacked roster of competitors. One Canadian ruled them all, though. Here are the results.
Competition wrapped up at Cox Bay on the third day of the 2017 Rip Curl Pro Tofino. Beautiful sunny skies and fun two- to three-foot waves greeted competitors as 12 separate division winners and Canadian National champions were crowned. Tofino may be a small town, but hundreds of surf fans gathered on the shoreline to cheer on competitors for the largest Canadian surfing event of the year.
In the premiere Pro Men’s division, hometown hero Peter Devries didn’t confirm his participation in the event until hours before the start due to a bad lower back issue. However, going into the event with little-to-no personal pressure allowed Devries to surf relaxed, which lead to his sensational 7th career event title. Devries battled through the toughest draw in competition history and overcame a rampaging Pat Curren to take the crown with an impressive 16.24 heat total in the decisive final.
“It feels really good [to re-capture the Rip Curl Pro title], especially since I think this is the most unexpected win I think I’ve ever had. I’ve been battling injuries the last little bit, I wasn’t even sure if I would be able to surf this weekend,” Devries said. “My motto this weekend has just been to keep it simple. I could do maybe a total of four different maneuvers and just try to stick to that, catch good waves and go fast.”
In a record breaking performance, the competition’s standout women’s competitor Sanoa Olin continued her roll as the 11-year-old went on to victory in the Women’s Pro/Am division. Olin squeaked a victory over past champion, Sara Taylor by a mere 0.06. Olin is the youngest professional division winner in the 11-year history of the event. Finishing the final in third place was Olin’s sister and last year Pro/Am winner, Mathea Olin. Fourth place went to veteran Leah Oke.
On describing her record-setting performance, Olin exclaimed, “I’m so excited! I didn’t realize I had won until my mom told me and I was like ‘What!’ I was seriously not expecting it. I’m so happy. It was super tricky out there but I felt pretty good with the waves I got. I’m so excited right now.”
In what many considered the most competitive amateur division of the event, Sean Forrester backed up his U18 victory from 2016 with another championship title. Forrester held off a stalwart of shredders including Elijah Fox, Jackson Malcom De Gruchy, and Evan Thomas Puma
Other division winners include; Kevin Shulz (Monster Energy Expression Session), Matt Myers (Open Mens), Ben Murphy (35+ Masters), Doug Ludwig (Legends), Fred Sanford (U16 Boys), Mathea Olin (U16 Girls & Longboard Womens), Fraser Juurlink (U12 Boys), Sanoa Olin (U12 Girls), Robber Ferguson (Longboard Mens), and a great performance by Victoria Fiege, Daniel Shoemaker, and Scott Patterson in the adaptive division.
For full results from the 2017 Rip Curl Pro Tofino event, log on to ripcurl.com/pro-tofino.
Click the gallery below for photos of this year’s event and for pics from last year, visit our “Sick Pics of Tofino’s 10th Rip Curl Surf Comp” article.