After seeing Felipe Toledo score a perfect ten on arguably one of the greatest contest waves ever, the criteria on which the judges score wave must seriously be reconsidered. By all means, Toledo’s wave is what a perfect 10 looks like.
Wave selection was excellent and mother nature delivered a gem. Next, the moves, fluidity, smoothness and mastery by Felipe Toledo was untouchable. He showed us power, grace, precision and the highest level of skill and ability. On this wave he truly gave us a little bit of everything. Large wave, Barrel…air…graceful and smooth landings…powerful carves…steadiness on the lip… he really didnt leave anything out. And, when everyone thought he had done more than enough, he continued on, another air, dicing through the face, a steady floater. This wave should be the encore every fan wants to see a championship end on. THIS is what a perfect 10 should be!
We are witnessing a lot of tens drop in J-Bay right now, so my question is this…. Do the Judges really believe that all of the other tens are truly this extraordinary? A ten should go to a surfer and a wave that defy what everyone else is doing. I don’t want to downplay what the other surfers have done to score tens, they are all amazing surfers and athletes, but should so many perfect tens be shelled out so liberally?
By definition, scores are based on 5 things: 1.Commitment and degree of difficulty. 2. Innovative and progressive maneuvers. 3. Combination of major maneuvers. 4. Variety of maneuvers. 5. Speed, power, and flow. With that being said, and Felipe Toledo’s recent wave in J-bay, are the judges really using these five components when they are giving out scores? How often have we seen a single long barrel ride or a single aerial maneuver scored a ten? Waves and wave selection also play a major part in the scoring, and often we see high scores going out on waves that were less than stellar.
I believe that after the display in J-Bay, scoring should be looked at a little closer. Of course it is a very hard job, but in the end maybe examine what the scoring components are and give a true and consistent account. The right surfer can still score well and win the heat without giving away a ten to justify what happened in a round or on a particular wave.
The bar has be raised and set. What we witnessed by Felipe Toledo in J-Bay is what a true, definitive “perfect ten” looks like. Anything less than this should never be called a perfect ten again.