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Jack and the Dream Tour
Whenever the Indian Ocean rumbles, Jack Robinson will be there to heed the call. Especially when it fires large lines toward the shallow rock shelf at his beloved North Point. Here he’s pictured enjoying winter’s swan song at the break, placed late and deep, and no doubt about to thread the thing from start to finish.
Jack and North Point have a special relationship, one not seen in surfing too often. Think Slater and Cloudbreak, Tom Curren and Bawa, John John and Pipeline. When both are on song it’s something so wonderful to behold it’ll bring a tear to the eye of the crustiest and hardest West Oz desert charger.
But it’s not just North Point itself that Jack holds an otherworldly ability at, but heavy water in general. The kid has put a dent in nearly every one of the world’s marquee ball-shrinking waves – Pipeline, Teahupoo, Gnaraloo, Padang Padang and even Sunset.
Yet we may never see him on tour. And what a travesty that would be for fans of surfing everywhere. At the time of writing Jack is currently languishing at 86th on the QS rankings. Although he’ll probably head into Hawaii and do some damage, as he always does, it won’t be enough.
This says a lot about the current qualifying system in our sport. And begs the question, is it truly geared to filter the best surfers on the planet into the tour? To me the best surfers are those who can go toe-to-toe with the ocean at the best waves on the planet when they are at their best. And, with an obvious handful of exceptions, that is not who is ending up on tour.
If it was playing out that way Jack Robbo would be on there already.