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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.

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