We've been harping about the 18-year-old rookie Ethan Ewing for a while now, and for good reason. He's the World Junior Champion and the real deal. He proved it Thursday during his Championship Tour debut at the Quiksilver Pro, opening his career with an impressive 9.10 on his first scoring ride.
Ewing followed with more moments of brilliance, but made the rookie error of not backing his excellent score with a solid follow up. He fell short to miracle man Owen Wright in the end, but not before sending a pretty clear message that he's a force to be reckoned with.