When Jack Robinson claimed a win at the 2019 Vans World Cup of Surfing and qualified for the 2020 CT he was just 22. His youth has sometimes been overlooked, understandably given that he had been in the surfing spotlight for almost a decade already. Back in 2011 Robinson emerged as the best 12-year-old surfer on the planet. The clips then showed a tiny grom with a shock of blond hair not only navigating some of Western Australia's heaviest tubes, but navigating them with a relaxed poise and calm assurance. That assurance has only grown in the intervening years. His performances at Pipeline, Teahupoo, North Point and Gnaraloo, to name a few of the world's heaviest slabs, has seen him gain a reputation as a once-in-a-generation talent in waves of consequence. Fellow CT surfer Leonardo Fioravanti put it best in 2018 when he said, "Jack Robinson is the best tube rider in the world.” However many were uncertain whether Robinson could translate those skills to the small wave competitive arena. 2019 was Robinson's fourth year on the QS and apart from a win at the Heroes de Mayo Iquique Pro in Chile all his best competitive results have come in Hawaii. However with solid results in Manly and Newcastle he came to Hawaii in a good spot and traveling with the support of his Brazilian girlfriend Julia Munoz had helped his maturity. The dominant win at Sunset was enough to grab his CT spot and ensure that one of the sport’s most electric surfers was finally going to compete at the very highest level.
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