Taylor Knox: lip destroyer

Taylor Knox defeated three-time world champion Tom Curren to win the Grand Final of the 2013 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy, in thruster mode.

In the last 30 seconds, Knox sealed the deal. A late 9.17 score in the pristine 1.5 metre (4-5ft) reef break waves of Sultan's Point was enough to take the overall contest.

"I got a couple at the start and was thinking I'm in a good position here, but as I'm paddling back out, there’s Tom sitting in the barrel", says Taylor Knox.

"I had to use my priority because I knew he had taken the lead. I held myself back and waited it out for that set wave right at the end".

The hotly contested final, saw four excellent rides posted by the two Californians. Knox finished with a heat total of 18.40 to Curren’s 18.33 (out of a possible 20).

Knox, who retired as the oldest and one of the most respected surfers on the ASP world tour last year, at age 41, said he achieved what he had failed to do at the elite level.

"I could never do it on the world tour, I had to come to the Maldives and learn off these guys and as Kelly Slater said 'I'm one of the best surfers but not a good competitor', but that's changing now," he added.

2013 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy Final Standings:

1. Taylor Knox (USA)
2. Tom Curren (USA)
3. Damien Hardman (AUS)
4. Pedro Henrique (BRZ)
5. Tom Carroll (AUS)
6. Layne Beachley (AUS)

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