Top Surfers Win Xpression Sessions
The Davidoff Cool Water Xpression Sessions wrapped up in style on 22 November with some of the most radical and exciting freestyle surfing seen at this year’s Hawaiian Pro. Jamie O’Brien (US Hawaii), Pancho Sullivan (US, Hawaii) and Mick Fanning (Australia) were amongst the surfing legends who scooped the prize purse for their talents.
The Davidoff Cool Water Xpression Sessions was the only freestyle discipline at the 6 star World Qualifying Series event, where a selection of the world’s best surfers, including names like Andy Irons (US), Taj Burrow (Australia), Eneko Acero (Spain) and Miki Picon (France) competed for the $10,000 prize purse and pushed themselves to achieve the most radical and jaw dropping maneuvers
Twenty surfers were split into two heats of ten and went head to head in a 30-minute freestyle spectacle. The heats saw Andy Irons pulling off an epic aerial 360, Pancho Sullivan tore up the surf with his super powerful turns, enabling him to progress to the finals, and a variety of new school specials from young Jamie O’Brien. The commentator was heard to announce “that kid’s got super glue on his feet, his board just doesn’t move”. Both Eneko Acero and Russell Winter (UK) narrowly missed a place in the finals, but Miki Picon (France) held up the European side pulling off a series of progressive and futuristic maneuvers that saw through to the final round.
The finals kicked off with Jamie O’Brien some how finding a barrel in the 6 foot challenging Hale’iwa conditions, he later went on to pick up $5,000 for most futuristic move, with a forehand sip slide to a reverse and also the best aerial, with his back hand air reverse. Mick Fanning’s forehand sliding gouge won him most progressive maneuver and $2,500, leaving Pancho Sullivan to scoop up the remaining $2,500 for the most powerful maneuver.
The Davidoff Cool Water Xpression Sessions provided enthusiasts with a unique and exciting element of self-expression and vitality, and took the meaning of free-riding to another level. The Davidoff Cool Water Xpression Sessions are about bringing together the finest athletes and giving individuals the chance to further explore and develop the expressive and energetic nature of these sports – values that are both important to and synonymous with the brand. This is the first of a selection of the world’s premier surf and snowboard events that Davidoff Cool Water, the sensual male fragrance that personifies freshness and vital energy, will be supporting over the next few years.
- Most progressive maneuverMick Fanning Australia
- Best aerial Jamie O’Brien Hawaii
- Most powerful maneuverPancho Sullivan Hawaii
- Most futuristic maneuverJamie O’Brien Hawaii