It’s almost game time and the Volcom Fiji Pro is only a short time off from commencing.
Kelly Slater – My observations from last year are that if you pick a Parko, Kelly, Taj, or a Fanning…They are pretty much golden. They all performed flawlessly in the barrels and on the open face; their turns were notches over the others. Taj went out earlier than the others but in his earlier heats was perhaps the best of the lot. Think huge arcs and spray to match.
Mick Fanning – See above.
John John Florence – 3 foot surf to bigger…he has you covered.
Fred Patacchia – Poor Freddy P. The guy has been battered and making more comebacks than Russel Winter. This, however, is Freddy’s specialty. I watched a recent video of Fred and the gang surfing a big south swell day at Ala Moana and he was not just pulling into the bowl and taking one line. He was toying with the bowl and showed that in barreling lefts he will be hard to beat.
Damien Hobgood – It is good to have a Hobgood on your team and I took the cheapest!
Dusty Payne – There is a group of guys on the WCT that show to us how cruel and hard life is on the tour. They lose by a point in this event and make a priority mistake in the other. Dusty is part of this group along with Adam Melling, Pat Gudauskas, and Brett Simpson. But we are talking about surf contests and the top guys can’t win every heat. Dusty is my pick for advancement.
Sebastian Zietz – I have been impressed with Zietz’s surfing for a long time now. He has great rail work and seems almost Fanningesque. He also has a large bag of tricks that he can pull off with ease. Like Julian Wilson, he seems destined to be a cut above his rookie classmates.
Mitch Coleborn – Last year, Mitch kind of fell apart after delivering a blistering first round assault. This year, he is even better.
I am waiting for the official heat draw so I do not have 6 surfers on the top of the draw and 2 on the bottom.
I will toss out some names that are good if you can work them in.
Jeremy Flores – Rio de Janiero…non! A big barreling left…Oui!!!!
Josh Kerr and Owen Wright – A mixed bag this year but these two are sleepers for a win.
The other Hobgood.
And the Brazilians and on and on and on.
I am curious to see what teams are being played. Post ’em up!