The 2017 WSL Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota Pro at Newcastle, NSW, Australia was a massive success for virtually all the athletes and contest administrators alike. Click here today for all the important details and final results from this major surfing competition in Newcastle!
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia has been the location used for hosting several 2017 World Surf League competitions so far this season, and it has been used yet again for the 2017 WSL Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota Pro competition. This men’s division professional surfing competition was especially interesting for a handful of different reasons, but in large part it had to do with seeing a lot of newer and lesser known professional surfers doing phenomenally well at this contest.
This was a profoundly successful competition for Brazilian surfers, considering that the final round saw a head to head battle out in the lineup between Brazilian surfers Yago Dora and Jesse Mendes as they vied for dominance and the first place podium finish. The win ended up going to Yago Dora, who actually destroyed Jesse Mendes in the finals by over nine points! It is always awesome when the final round at major professional surfing competitions produces outstanding surfing, and the 2017 Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota Pro competition certainly delivered in that regard courtesy of Yago Dora.
In typical Australian fashion, the weather was outstanding for this competition considering that the sun was shining brightly and the breaks were coming onshore with some significant speed and power. Australia has been the site of so many World Surf League competitions already this year, and it is a favorite location for many short board technical surfers since many Aussie surfing spots tend to see near perfect tubes that are a great size for executing some of the most difficult wave and aerial maneuvers in the sport today.
As we approach the month of March in 2017, the World Surf League is preparing for the biggest competitions of the season. There are a lot of major World Surf League events going on starting in March, but for now most of the competitions are relegated to Australian surf spots where the weather and surf is hitting great this time of year. For any surfing fans who missed out on any coverage of the 2017 Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota Pro competition at Newcastle, NSW, Australia, you are definitely going to want to check out the insane results from this event which involve a legendary perfect ten score in the final round from Brazilian surfer Yago Dora. To benefit those fans and anyone else who is interested, an event summary along with final round scores and rankings from this competition will now be presented here.
1st Place – Yago Dora – Brazil:
Brazilian professional surfer Yago Dora really had one of the best final round performances of any athlete we have seen so far in the 2017 World Surf League season., and was extremely fun to watch at the 2017 Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota Pro competition. Starting out with coverage of Yago’s performance in the quarterfinals, he was matched up against another Brazilian surfing professional named Alejo Muniz. They were fairly even in terms of their matchup, although Yago was able to defeat Muniz by a significant margin of nearly three points. Amazingly, Yago Dora almost had a perfect ten in the quarterfinal round!
His Wave 1 scoring came in at 6.83 points, and considering that Muniz had a 6.50 pointer for his Wave 1, it was unclear who was going to advance at that point. Even though Muniz stepped up his game in the Wave 2 scoring and earned a 7.10 point score, it was not enough to defeat Yago Dora. Yago’s Wave 2 scoring came in at a colossal 9.50 points altogether, bringing his quarterfinal round score total up to 16.33 points all around. Yago’s agility and precision on the wave was honestly unmatched at the 2017 Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota Pro competition, and his scores definitely reflect that. The average wave scoring in Yago’s Heat 3, Quarterfinals came in at 7.48 points, which was the highest average in that round of the contest.
Heading into the semifinal round, Yago Dora was matched up against an Australian surfing professional named Mitch Coleborn. Heat 2, Semifinals turned out to be a trying round for Yago Dora, and this was the closest he came to being eliminated from the contest altogether. Yago’s Wave 1 performance turned out to be one of his weaker heat performances of the competition, and he was only able to muster a 5.27 point score for that individual wave score. He was actually losing after Wave 1 scores came in during Heat 2, Semifinals, but fortunately for Yago Dora he was able to turn things around and narrowly win at the conclusion of his semifinals performance. Yago’s Wave 2 score rolled in at 7.67 points, giving him the margins he needed to defeat the Aussie professional surfer Mitch Coleborn by just over half a point. Yago Dora’s semifinal round scoring total ended up at 12.94 points, one of his lower scoring totals from this competition but still enough to allow him to advance to the finals.
Dora’s final round performance was where he really kicked into high gear, and he successfully utilized all of his skills to secure the first place victory at the 2017 WSL Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota Pro competition. Perfect ten scores are rare in the men’s division of the World Surf League, and with that being said Yago Dora’s perfect ten in the finals was not only a personal highlight for his career, but even a league highlight for the 2017 World Surf League season. Yago’s Wave 1 score in the finals came in at 8.83 points, and at that point he was already dominating fellow Brazilian surfer Jesse Mendes who sort of ended up choking in the finals. That domination continued into Yago’s Wave 2 scoring, which was the point at which he earned his landmark perfect ten scoring value. That brought Yago’s total final round score up to 18.83 points, and compared to Jesse Mendes having a final score of only 9.27 points, it really was no contest. Even though it was a blowout, it was still really amazing to see Yago Dora surfing at this incredible skill level. The average wave score in the finals was only 7.03 since Jesse Mendes had such low wave scores.
2nd Place – Jesse Mendes – Brazil:
Although Jesse Mendes more or less flopped in the final round, he did fairly well prior to that round. It is possible that the pressure of competing in the finals got to Jesse, but really we will never know why he lost his nerve in the final round. It was sort of a shaky contest in general for Jesse Mendes at the 2017 WSL Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota Pro contest, and another example of that occurred in the quarterfinals when Jesse’s opponent ended up being disqualified for interference.
Jesse Mendes was pitted against French surfing professional Jorgann Couzinet in the quarterfinals, and even though Jesse’s scores weren’t exactly off the charts by any means he still dominated in the quarterfinals since Couzinet ended up disqualified at this point in the competition. Jesse brought in a Wave 1 scoring of 5.50 points and a Wave 2 scoring of 6.00 points in the quarterfinals, bringing him up to a total round score of 11.50 points. The average wave score in Heat 2, Quarterfinals came out to 5.58 points altogether.
Fortunately for Jesse Mendes, Jorgann Couzinet’s disqualification in the quarterfinals allowed him to advance into the semifinal round. Heat 1, Semifinals turned out to be a much better round for Jesse Mendes when compared to how the quarterfinals went for him. In the semifinals, Jesse Mendes went up against an American surfer named Ian Crane. Jesse was able to defeat Ian Crane by a substantial scoring margin of almost three whole points in the semifinal round, but it was by no means a blowout like Jesse had in the quarterfinals.
Jesse Mendes earned a solid 7.00 point Wave 1 score in Heat 1, Semifinals, and that gave him an edge over Ian Crane early in the round since Ian had a 5.83 pointer for his Wave 1 score. Mendes was able to seal his semifinal round victory after the Wave 2 scores came in for Heat 1, Semifinals, showing Jesse Mendes earning a 7.67 point Wave 2 scoring value. This brought Jesse’s total semifinal score up to 14.67 points altogether, giving him the round victory over Ian Crane who had a total round score of 11.76 points. The average wave scoring in Heat 1, Semifinals rounded out to 6.61 points.
Through luck, good fortune, and decent surfing, Jesse Mendes found himself competing in the final round against Brazilian surfer Yago Dora in the 2017 WSL Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota Pro event at Newcastle, NSW, Australia. It is difficult to explain what happened to Jesse Mendes in the final round at this 2017 World Surf League competition, but whatever the cause, he lost his edge in the finals and lost to Yago Dora abysmally.
Mendes brought in a Wave 1 scoring of only 3.67 points in the finals, and at that point he had basically already lost the victory to Yago Dora. After Jesse’s Wave 2 scoring revealed a 5.60 pointer, yielding a final round total score of 9.27 points, it was over for Jesse Mendes. Taking second place was still an achievement for Mendes, and despite his failure in the final round he still earned a rankings boost for this second place podium finish. The average wave score in the finals rolled out to 7.03 points overall.
3rd Place – Mitch Coleborn – Australia:
As the only Aussie professional surfer to make his way onto the podium at the 2017 WSL Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota Pro competition at Newcastle, NSW, Australia, Mitch Coleburn definitely had a solid run at this event. Mitch Coleburn started out having a really intense competition in the quarterfinals, competing in the fourth heat against an Italian surfer named Leonardo Fioravanti. Leonardo posed a serious challenge for Mitch Coleburn, and the two athletes only had a scoring margin of 0.19 points between them at the conclusion of the round. When the Wave 1 scores came in for Heat 4, Quarterfinals, we saw Mitch Coleburn sitting at 6.23 points compared to Leonardo sitting at 6.67 points.
In this way, Mitch was actually facing a scoring disadvantage after the Wave 1 scores were official, and he had a hole to climb out of if he was going to advance to the semifinals. He was able to climb out of that early scoring deficit when Mitch’s Wave 2 scoring came in at a clean 8.00 points. That rounded Mitch Coleburn’s total quarterfinal round score out to 14.23 points, compared to Leonardo’s total of 14.04 points altogether. This was a very slim margin of victory for Mitch Coleburn, and a fortuitous turn of events that allowed Coleburn to advance into the semifinal round.
Heading on into the semifinal round of the 2017 WSL Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota Pro competition at Newcastle, NSW, Australia, we saw Mitch Coleburn pitted against Brazilian surfer Yago Dora. Somewhat amazingly, considering how expertly Yago Dora was surfing at this competition, Mitch only lost to him by about half a point. Mitch Coleburn competed in Heat 2, Semifinals, where his Wave 1 scoring actually gave him a leg up over Yago Dora. Coleburn’s Wave 1 scoring in the semifinals came in at 6.00 points, compared to Yago’s Wave 1 score of 5.27 points.
It looked like Mitch Coleburn could actually defeat Yago Dora at this point in the semifinals, but that all changed after the two Wave 2 scores became official. Mitch Coleburn had a Wave 2 scoring of 6.27 points, compared to Yago Dora’s Wave 2 scoring of 7.67 points. This left Mitch Coleburn with a total semifinal round score of 12.27 points, facilitating his loss to Yago Dora and elimination from the competition. The average wave scoring in Heat 2, Semifinals ended up at 6.30 points, a relatively median average compared to the range of wave averages during the entirety of the 2017 WSL Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota Pro competition at Newcastle, NSW, Australia.