Wednesday Aug 26, 2015

Jeremy Flores returns with victory at Tahiti Pro

Despite missing the previous event with a severe head injury, Jeremy Flores was back to his best at the Billabong Pro Tahiti this week and won his first event of the season.

The French surfer also entered the World Surf League title race thanks to his massive points haul, which he earned with victory over defending champ Gabriel Medina in the final.

He also beat Kelly Slater on finals day to move five places up the leaderboard into 7th while Brazilian Adriano de Souza still leads.

The victory was only Flores’ second on the Championship Tour but with six surfers now within one win of the top spot in the rankings the 27-year-old says he is in it to win it.

“The last couple of years I haven’t been getting the results I wanted, but more importantly I wasn’t having fun,” he said.

“Surfing is the most beautiful sport in the world and if you’re not having fun surfing then there’s something wrong.

“I got back to having fun and being hungry like I used to be. This year I’ve been out there to win it and if it doesn’t happen it’s all good.”

Flores placed third at the Fiji Pro before picking up his injury on a trip and missing the J-Bay open.

He wore a helmet as a result throughout the competition in Tahiti but didn’t hold back, looking calm and confident all the way to the final.

Others buckled under the pressure of the massive wave however as Owen Wright and Filipe Toledo failed to take advantage of de Souza’s 13th place finish and steal the yellow jersey.

But with under 10,000 points, the amount awarded for an event win, separating the top ten riders the leader’s vest could be changing hands a few times in the final four rounds.

Flores celebrates after beating Medina in the finals

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