Australia Team earned the fourth-place finish after barely missing qualification in their sudden-death surf-off against the World Team. The team, consisting of Team Captain and six-time WSL Champion, Stephanie Gilmore, three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning, two-time WSL Champion Tyler Wright, and Matt Wilkinson, surfed with calculation and experience – showing the world that wave pool competition has a bright future.
"It was such an incredible experience to be a part of," said Matt Wilkinson. "The team aspect of it is so fun – usually surfing is such an individual sport, and it’s great to be able to share it with good friends and surf for our country."
After the Founders' Cup, only one question remains... what does this mean for the future of competition in wave pools, and... for the future of surfing?