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Action, LIfestlye and Ambient photos from the 2016 Rip Curl Pro in Tofino, BC

Pete Devries is No Stranger to the Podium

May 292016

One tenth of a point more, and Monster's Peter Devries would have been on the top step of the podium for the 7th time in the Rip Curl Pro in his home town of Tofino, BC

“Record numbers attended Tofino for this year's event.”

After correctly anticipating a flat and rainy Saturday, the organizers of the 2016 Rip Curl Pro switched it up and decided to get the pros out and qualifying on Friday and planned the finals for Sunday.


With the addition of live scoring, the event was broadcast for the first time with the surfers and the crowd knowing exactly, to the 1000th what was needed to move up the heat rankings or to maintain a first place.  It was Pete with a sizeable lead going into the 10 minute mark of the finals, a 2-man final rather than the 4-man as it has been in the past, ahead of California's Kevin Schultz, but Schultz surged back and took the lead and held it until nearly the end, before Devries powered back with a fury of 5 turns at the buzzer.


In the end, it was not enough.  


Kevin Schultz:  14:40

Peter Devries: 14:30


For 6 years in a row Pete had won this event, until last year when he was finally de-throned by Noah Wegrich.  


Monster's Noah Cohen returned after a year off with a knee injury and looked to be on his way to victory after a explosive first heat, knee brace and all, but the waves flattened right out in heat 2, and he unfortunately wasn't able to get up and riding at all.