|Freestone had Hawaii’s Kalani David (HAW) and Eli Hanneman (HAW)nipping at his heels throughout today’s Final. Both surfers landed their fair share of airs in the Final but were unable to get the height and rotation needed to move up to first. Mason Ho (HAW), Ian Crane (USA), and Eric Geiselman (USA) showed glimpses of brilliance earlier in the day but struggled to find the landing gear on some huge, reverse, flip, and straight air attempts in the one-hour Final.
“This event is the best thing that has happened for a lot of these guys,” David said. “It’s so great that WSL, Red Bull, and Josh Kerr put this event on because it gives the freesurfers and air specialists an opportunity to showcase their talent on the world stage. This kind of event definitely pushes performance levels for sure. In the Final, Jack (Freestone) and I were just going back and forth, trying to go bigger and better than one another, which was cool. This is definitely the coolest event I’ve ever been a part of.”