Taylor Knox posted near perfect 9.90 and a 9.80 wave scores for a combined total of 19.70 out of 20.00 points to take out World No. 2 Joel Parkinson and replacement surfer Nic Muscroft (AUS).
Knox utilized his entire repertoire while posting the highest heat total of his 15 year, 474 heat ASP World Tour career. In addition to his 9.90 and 9.80 Knox had a 9.00 in his scoreline to spare.
“I’ve had 10s before but I don’t think that I have ever backed it up with a 9.70 so I’d say that this was probably the highest scoring heat I’ve ever surfed,” Knox said.
Parkinson scored a perfect 10 in his heat against Knox, and backed it up with an 8.00 but still came up short.