- 31 August 2013 | Surfing
Taylor Knox defeated Tom Curren to claim the Twin Fin division of the Four Seasons Resorts Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy, at Sultan's Point.
In an all-American final, the inside connection proved key for big scores and heat wins in the strong offshore conditions. Something Knox and Curren had wired from the outset, as they laid down timeless rail-to-rail surfing with smooth transitions between high-powered maneuvers, as the competitive savvy between the master and protégé was on display.
"That was an emotional contest for me because I was surfing with all my heroes. It was just really cool today, everyone I came up against was just surfing so well", says Taylor Knox.
The first half of the final was a seesawing affair before Knox locked in a heat-high 8.03 score midway, to take the lead and never be headed. As the tide filled in conditions became inconsistent, leaving three-time world champion Curren requiring an 8.17 score on the siren.
"I was really nervous at the end thinking the Tom Curren magic was going to strike me down but the ocean actually cooperated with me", adds Knox.
The Californian retired from ASP World Tour last year, after 22 season of circling the globe as one of the worlds most respected surfers.
"Taylor surfed really good, he deserved the win. I thought I had a pretty good chance, but I made a couple of mistakes", underlined Tom Curren, who was competing on an old surfboard of Dane Reynolds that was originally built as a twinzer (two big main fins and two smaller fins), but the craftsmen at the Channel Islands factory knocked the fins out and rebuilt it as a standard twin-fin.
The Grand Champions Final, the three-fin Thruster division, will decide the overall winner of the 2013 Four Seasons Resorts Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy.
Twin Fin Division Final:
Taylor Knox (USA) 15.20 def. Tom Curren (USA) 13.43