Champagne Glass: The #77 by Sharpeye

Stu Nettle
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Did you stay up to watch Filipe Toledo go two-fer at J'Bay last night? If you did you'll know the win was only part of it, a CT trophy is elevated every other month, what spoke loudest was Filipe's total domination of his opponents and sheer mastery of wave and equipment.

Looking for analogies I first reach back to John John at Margaret River, but where John John was advancing set pieces, mainly the full face carve as seen in View From A Blue Moon, Filipe was utterly unpredictable..

For mine, Filipe's J'Bay performances were closer in lineage to mid-90s Kelly Slater, where not even KS would know what he was gonna do when coming off the bottom. Anything was possible, in fact very probable, but it didn't prevent audience asphysixiation whenever he took off. Who could breathe?

As for Kelly then, same for Filipe now.

The #77 stands to attention

Also like Kelly, Filipe has a fatherly relationship with his shaper, Marcio Zouvi, founder and head shaper at Sharpeye Surfboards. They've been working together for four years, however it's not the first time they've done so. "We worked together years ago when Filipe was on the QS and first qualified," Marcio told Swellnet this morning. But then Filipe went away for a while, spent a year or so riding for another big label, though it didn't work out and like the Prodigal Son he returned to the fold. Hasn't looked back since.

The two have created a few models together, the Holy Toledo, the HT2, and the #77, the latter being his J'Bay choice, the one that's gifted him two titles. Curiously, the board he rode last year and the board he rode this year are exactly the same dimensions: 5'10" x 18¼ x 2¼.

"Last year was the best surfing performance I'd ever seen," said Marcio, channelling what Shaun Tomson said on the webcast last night. "So we figured, let's just stick with it and work in some subtle variations."

Subtle variations such as what?

"Well for instance we might do ten 5’10"s for a contest but they’ll vary," explains Marcio. "The variations might be in the flex, the type of wood used or the types of laminations, or the variations might be in the weight - sometimes I want them heavier."

"Filipe is a very sensitive surfer," says Marcio. "He can tell the tell the difference in each one of them. Sometimes I dont tell him what the difference is but he always catches me."

Most importantly, Filipe and Marcio make exacting records of all the variations so, says Marcio, "Filipe knows which one he’s going to pull out of the bag on every condition."

And if the wind comes up at J'Bay, which it did yesterday? "It'll be the same board but glassed a bit heavier," says Marcio.

Which brings me to ask about how durable his boards are. Filipe's boards are noticeably absent of carbon adornments. "We use S-glass because he does huge airs. We cant have boards snapping left and right," explains Marcio. "But carbon backfires for us. The boards ride differently." Even deck carbon used to protect heel damage removes the tail flex Filipe needs to generate his blazing speed out of turns.

Filipe will be short odds to take J'Bay again next year, and even shorter odds that he's got the same dimensions under his feet.

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stunet commented Friday, 6 Jul 2018 at 1:29pm

Also worth noting, and this didn't come from Marcio, was that Sharpeye had two boards in the semi-finals yesterday: Kanoa Igarashi, sponsored by Channel Islands, was also riding a Sharpeye at J'Bay.

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freeride76 commented Friday, 6 Jul 2018 at 1:35pm

ah, that board seemed to noticeably improve his performance....was it a 77 too?

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stunet commented Friday, 6 Jul 2018 at 1:38pm

Have a feeling it may have been the HT2.

But yeah, best he's ever surfed so there might be some tough conversations down Santa Barbara way.

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crg commented Friday, 6 Jul 2018 at 1:50pm

I'm not a Kanoa fan at all but agreed that was easily the best I've ever seen him surf.
Interesting that refinements on boards are no longer on dims but on materials and flex...looking forward to your future article Stu...

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Island Bay commented Friday, 6 Jul 2018 at 1:40pm

Good stuff, Stu.
And didn't that #77 look the goods!

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stunet commented Friday, 6 Jul 2018 at 1:42pm

Outstanding!

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3vickers commented Friday, 6 Jul 2018 at 1:53pm

he looked so much faster and fluid than any of the others - would say that was some of the most exciting surfing I have seen.

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simba commented Friday, 6 Jul 2018 at 2:08pm

Gracious and worthy winner.......

simba

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memlasurf commented Friday, 6 Jul 2018 at 2:29pm

Brilliant surfing, but how about Wade, not bad for a rookie who when asked details about his board said, 'Dunno mate'. Two finals in his first year, took down Jordy and finally has a sponsor. I like Flippy as he doesn't have that dour demeanour Medina has and is always good winning and losing. If I was going to be really picky, he is too hyped for moir, a bit like a brilliant technical guitarist who doesn't know when to put some space in. That last mushy one he got was amazing the way he linked all those huge turns together without any real wiggles in between. From what I understand, his boards are relatively straightforward, just the basics done really well.

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rooftop commented Saturday, 7 Jul 2018 at 11:56pm

Agreed, but I thought the black lines on the sides of his board (carbon fibre or decals?) made his actual rails invisible at times. Seemed to make his board look like a long, straight-railed plank.

Not that the ultimate result is in dispute, but surely there's a risk that it would affect his scores

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Ash commented Friday, 6 Jul 2018 at 3:52pm

Just the basics and straight forward boards and he surfed like a demon and won. So it made me wonder when Shaun Thompson was having a mild go at Jordy's boards, was he maybe paving the way for an excuse if Jordy lost? And he lost and not by much. Jordy seemed to be ripping in my eyes and I couldn't see what Shaun was seeing.

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Island Bay commented Friday, 6 Jul 2018 at 5:50pm

I thought Jordy looked like a dead duck. Like his synapses had stopped firing properly.

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stunet commented Friday, 6 Jul 2018 at 5:59pm

Agree, I thought Jordy's boards, mainly the one he surfed in the quarters, looked terrible, and he said as much in the post heat interview.

Reckon the take home message from my chat with Marcio is that he and Filipe have honed their equipment to a fine degree, something that can only come from a long and committed surfer/shaper relationship. Jordy has never put in the time hence he's never had great equipment.

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memlasurf commented Sunday, 8 Jul 2018 at 2:34pm

I suppose when you look at the world champs they , all seemed to have a good relationship with their shaper: Mick/DHD, Slater/CI, Joel/JS, JJ/Pyzel, Gabby/Pukas (since 14yo) so I think your on the money Stu.

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Ash commented Friday, 6 Jul 2018 at 7:26pm

Well I'm not convinced, Jordy's at that level where he knows exactly what's under his feet, just check Stab's board review of last year where Jordy trialed a dozen or so boards. Apparently he knew what was what then. I can't believe he'd go into his home turf surfing something he felt was sub par, J Bay is far to significant to him for that. I took it that it was like a tradesman blaming his tools for a bad job ( Shaun started it ), however I don't believe he did a bad job, Wade got him by a fraction that's all.

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lostdoggy commented Friday, 6 Jul 2018 at 7:32pm

Yeh, I thought Jordy was ripping too.

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stunet commented Saturday, 7 Jul 2018 at 6:48am

Jordy Smith to Rosie Hodge: "I tried another board but the board didnt feel that good. I should've been slicing through my waves to get high scores, but I'll change it up again and see how I go."

Interview played during Gabs vs Felipe heat.

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frog commented Friday, 6 Jul 2018 at 10:21pm

Felipe makes the rest look slow and pedestrian at times. It just shows how much speed comes from the surfers own energy., pumps and weight and unweighting. Us mere mortals get a hint of this sometimes on a long wall when we get some speed weave flow going. But to ramp it up to filipe's level is something amazing and possibly out of reach for most of the current pros.

Frogg

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poo-man commented Saturday, 7 Jul 2018 at 6:17am

Agreed totally about Felipe. That was next level amazing fast surfing and without the air game much at all. Jordy looked like he was cruising too much early in his heats just doing enough and stepping on the gas a bit more if he needed to. But it didn't work against Jesus ay? I thought Jesus was just ahead of him. Felipe is definitely my favourite Brazilian

poo-man

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pigdogger commented Saturday, 7 Jul 2018 at 2:51pm

Toledo: fastest surfing I've seen since MP won the 1974 Surfabout.

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