A restrictive wetsuit that is wrong for the conditions at hand will ultimately hinder any surfer’s performance.
Leading providers of high-quality wetsuits, Wetsuit Centre, have responded to Mick Fanning’s win at the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2014, which saw him claim the Portuguese leg of the world surfing tour.
Australia’s three-time surfing world champion defeated South Africa’s Jordy Smith in the final at Supertubos, the second-last stop on the world tour. His 15.5 point-ride was more than enough to seal the win, with Smith achieving only a 7.67 score in the final round.
The victory in Portugal means that only Fanning, eleven-time world champion Kelly Slater, and the Brazilian sensation Gabriel Medina remain in the running for the 2014 world championship. Fanning, who now occupies the world number two ranking, surfed five separate heats on the final day. He defeated Brazilian surfers Alejo Muniz and Filipe Toledo, as well as fellow Australian Kai Otton.
A jubilant Fanning made a statement after his win, saying: “I am just so stoked. It’s been five years since I won here.” When asked about heading into the final event of the tour with a potential title on the line, Fanning said it would be “stressful” and that “I will just have to deal with that when I get there.”
The Pipeline Masters in Hawaii is the final event of the tour. Fanning’s chances of winning the world title rely heavily on how well the current number one seed Gabriel Medina performs in the Hawaiian finale.
If the Brazilian finishes second or wins the Pipeline Masters, there will be nothing Fanning can do to stop him from claiming the title. But if Medina only makes it as far as the quarter-finals, the Australian will need to win the whole event if he is to pip his rival. American Kelly Slater can only win the title if Medina and Fanning are eliminated in the early rounds in Hawaii and he goes on to win the contest.
As specialist providers of wetsuits and water sports accessories, Wetsuit Centre takes a keen interest in the ASP World Championship Tour. In response to Fanning’s victory, a spokesperson for the company made the following statement: ‘Mick Fanning deserved the win in Portugal as he out-surfed his competitors in every single heat. The competition provided by his rivals, particularly Jordy Smith, was fierce but Fanning’s hard work paid off and he’s still in the running for the overall world title.
‘When it comes to surfing, competing at the highest level is not just about pure skill. There are many determining factors that contribute to any surfer’s success. The beach, the waves, the board and even the wetsuit could affect the result of any heat during the World Championships. A restrictive wetsuit that is wrong for the conditions at hand will ultimately hinder any surfer’s performance.
‘However, RipCurl are world renowned for making first-rate wetsuits that keep surfers flexible, dry and warm in the water. Any wave rider kitted out in a RipCurl wetsuit will not be encountering any wetsuit-related issues while competing.’
Wetsuit Centre are dedicated water sports enthusiasts who provide one of the largest ranges of men’s, women’s and children’s wetsuits and accessories online. Whether you are looking for summer or winter wetsuits, the Wetsuit Centre has an incredibly wide range to choose from. Our excellent product selection can kit you out in the best wetsuits on the market for a competitive price.
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