According to the new rule, priority can be awarded to a surfer if his competitor makes a committed paddle for a wave in order to block another surfer, even in non-priority situations.
I’m not too sure how this is going to work out and so far, as we can see from the latest at Trestles, it’s not looking too good.
But who knows? The re-surf of Mick Fanning vs Kanoa Igarashi is scheduled. Let’s see how this works out.