Malia Sounds Off

And for good reason

(See the exchange at 20:45)

It should come as no surprise that, from time to time, World Tour competitors and World Tour judges don’t always see eye to eye.¬†We’ve seen muffins thrown (Sunny, the ’90s) and scaffoldings stormed (Jeremy Flores, in July), but rarely have we seen a surfer vent their frustrations in a more eloquent manner than what Malia Manuel posted on her Instagram account after a controversial loss to Pauline Ado yesterday at Lowers.

In their Round 2 matchup, Malia took on French surfer¬†Pauline Ado. From a betting man’s perspective, Malia had the edge going in. It was a close heat, no doubt, but we couldn’t help but think that Malia’s second scoring wave, which came in at a 7.6, was underscored. Apparently, Malia agreed, sounding off in her post-heat interview and posting the following message on her Insta:

“Spent the last 10 years focusing on my form, technique, power, & flow in contests; Wish the judges could recognize the difference between using your Rail & Proper Technique VS. flatter, horizontal surfing. Open Shoulders VS. Closed Shoulders. Thanks to @asp & @Hurley for believing in the Women & letting us showcase our surfing on the open canvas of Lower Trestles. ALOHA”

What do you think? Was Malia underscored or did Pauline get the score?