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The Inertia

The last 365 days have been exceedingly strange. Fires and plagues and civil unrest and all the rest of it made 2020 — and now the early days of 2021 — a year that… well, a year that sucked. The pandemic forced everyone to adjust to our new normal, and the World Surf League wasn’t immune. The Triple Crown, one of the best things in all of surfing, went digital.

It’s a great workaround to the usual format, but pretty much the only thing similar to the old format is the venues. Pipe, Sunset, and Haleiwa are still on the docket, but now competitors have a month to film their best waves and send the footage in to be judged. “Best waves”, however, can be pretty subjective, so Dane Gudauskas decided that he’d spend the Triple Crown hunting for his version of the best wave, and that meant he’d be opening his brain up to different possibilities of surf craft. Standard thrusters are out the window, and we love to see it.

See more from the World Surf League here.

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