With no competition, the world’s best surfers have to state their case for world domination not through two waves in 30 minutes, but through the medium of two-minute clips on Insyagram. But who has come out on top? Tracks investigates. 

Italo Ferreira: 9/10

You’d think the World Champion may be a little hamstrung by the smallish beachbreaks that he’s been surfing at home in Baia Formosa in Northern Brazil. Yet every few days the goofy-footer has dropped bite-sized chunks of truly electric surfing. No one can make a three-foot wave more remarkable that Italo, and he seems to have gotten faster, fitter, and more explosive in the time off. Is he the best surfer in the world right now? Yes.

Yago Dora: 9/10

Italo’s fellow Brazilian goofy-footer has been on a tear in recent weeks. He stomped the backside air of his life last week and has been dropping a mix of smooth rail work, tubes, and massive rotors all throughout quarantine. Remember as a pre-CT freesurfer Yago’s clips were the best on the internet - he’s back doing that now. 

Griffin Colapinto: 8/10

Griff started off strong with an extended stay on the Gold Coast and took that form back to California. Few surfers in the world are mixing a lazy, smooth style with sudden bursts of mind-blowing acceleration. The movie For Whom The Atolls helped his cause, and right now few surfers provide such a thrill of expectation whenever you press play. 

Matt Banting: 8/10

Banting’s frequent short and sharp clips have featured him slicing and dicing crisp and clean waves around home through the East Coast’s epic run of autumn swell. There’s nothing groundbreaking here, but in terms of pure, high-performance, technical surfing Banting seems to be operating at the very highest level over the last few months. 

Filipe Toledo: 7/10

Toledo’s #Covidclips show the Brazilian flaring at home in California. Again no big filming tricks here, just Filipe blowing up on some fun waves. One ride in particular (see below) showed the range that makes him so incredible; traditional power surfing mixed with trademark boosts.  


Ethan Ewing: 6/10

Ewing’s surfing is maturing at a rate of knots. His highly technical surfing has been bolstered with added muscle. His infrequent clips aren’t cinematic masterpieces, but they show a surfer whose talent is now surpassing the hype. Six months out of the competition pressure and spotlight might not be a bad thing for a surfer who is performing as good as anyone on tour. 

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Autumn afternoons at home!

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Gabriel Medina: 4/10 

Gabby prefers let to his surfing do the talking, but apart from a few barrels and power hacks at home in Maresias we haven’t seen much of the 2X World Champion. He might be saving his best footage or is a new love in his life taking most of his attention? Or maybe he just prefers to save his best surfing for when he’s wearing a singlet.