That Quiksilver Pro France was an emotional rollercoaster!
Sure, most people wanted a John v. Gabby final, but instead we got Keanu v. Gabby and that ended up being even better, didn’t it? The amount of love and genuine stoke that came from Keanu’s win is unprecedented. It seems the underdog Hawaiian has a lot of fans in his corner, and that likely comes back to his friendly, humble nature and dedication to the sport. If John won, people would be stoked, but I doubt you’d see Carissa, Kolohe, Leo, and Kanoa storming the ocean to greet him as the buzzer sounds.
And is there any better way to cap it off than with an Andy-inspired “MERCI BEAUCOOOOOUP!”? We think not.