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20-Year-Old Wildcard Defeats 3 Former World Champions at Rio Pro

It's clear that the story of this week's Oi Rio Pro has been Brazilian upstart Yago Dora. After winning the highly competitive trials event, the 20-year-old goofy footer gained entry to his first Championship Tour event and set his sights on dethroning some of surfing's giants.

Dora first started to make headlines, as he took down World No. 4 Kolohe Andino in the second round. But it was his round three win that handed reigning World Champion John John Florence his earliest loss of the season, and really stoked up the hometown crowd.

PHOTO: © WSL / Smorigo

Yet without a doubt, the highlight of his run came in his Round Five heat with Brazilian legend Gabriel Medina. Dora went huge sending a flawless air reverse in the final seconds of the heat that would prove to be too much for Medina. But the young Brazilians run didn't stop there as he took down yet another former World Champion, Mick Fanning, to earn him a spot in the semis where his run fell just short of the eventual Rio Pro Champion Adriano de Souza.

Yago Dora's cinderella story run surely puts into question how long it will be until he's a mainstay on the Championship Tour stage. With his No. 3 ranking on the QS stage, it could be as early as next year. But I think it's fair to say the young Brazilian sent a message and a star was born in Rio.  

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Watch John John Florence Launch Backflip with Ease at Baldface
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It seems two-time WSL Championship Tour winner John John Florence kills it on any board he stands on. After a trip to Baldface Lodge in British Columbia, John John Florence posted an Instagram of him doing a backflip making it look just as effortless as his performances in the water. This guy is ridiculous; he must be a professional athlete or something…

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Look Back At The Weirdest And Wildest Waves Of 2017
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Vans Duct Tape Festival Celebrates Creativity and Craftsmanship
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The DIY aspect of action sports has always showcased athletes as true artists and craftsman. Whether your shoveling snow for a booter, cutting out a grip tape job on your skateboard or hand-shaping a surfboard, the satisfaction of riding something with your own personal imprint is unbeatable.  The Vans Duct Tape festival is a celebration of just that; organically creating and then riding something that has someone's own personal craft and flavor on it. Four surfers get to hand shape two