The end of another year! It all comes down to Pipe, with Filipe Toledo, Julian Wilson & Gabriel Medina still in the hunt. Medina has to mess it up pretty badly to lose I would think, but Julian is a Pipemaster & I would love to see him snatch it. The report is for solid surf so fingers crossed. Into the picks now & I have picked Julian & Owen in my top tier for obvious reasons, I am sure Owen would love to tame the beast, were he sustained the chronic injury that would keep him on the sidelines for a long time!
So here we are at the end of the year! One contest to go until we organise the top prizes, who is going to get the boards ? I know one thing, it's not going to be me, but il give you the picks one last time for the final contest of they year, WSL Pipe Masters. On the top of the board, I think that most of us picked him every contest of the year, I have John John Florence & also Julian Wilson, it was a toss up between him & Owen but I would like to see Julian do a good job out there!
In one fell swoop, or should I say one swell swoop, Snapper is done & we are already thinking about Margaret River in a weeks time! But first, congratulations to "Telmo's Picks" who convincingly took down the other 100 Fantasy Surfer competitors & won the Snapper comp in the Tradewind Surf Fantasy League. His prize of a Famous pack is on the way!
Madness to think we are only a few months away from crowning another Surfing World Champion! It has seriously been a funny old year. Snapper was absolutely ordinary at best, same as most of the other contests with flashes of perfection here & there. The question has risen again though, who is going to be world champ. Apparently not Freddy Pattachia who belted out a ten in his round one heat at Trestles the other morning came in & called it quits, what a way to go out!
I have to say, last night, after seeing yet another surf publication, claim another, watch this clip, this guy is the world's best at the moment call, i thought ok, is this a repetitive , bad attempt at getting readers, or in this day n age, clicks. Now i can't claim to have writing skills like the surf journo's & i am positive i have a lot worse grammar, but that is my point, these guys should be a bit more creative. Big calls with an arguable amount of weight behind them are very see through very quickly.
The sport of surfing as we know it is a great one. The sport is gaining a massive following worldwide in the more recent years & a new found level of professionalism , I noticed whilst watching the Asp World Juniors last night that there was only a handful of Aussies in round 3 a few Americans plenty of Europeans & Brazilians & a field that resembled (country wise) more of a Formula one Grand Prix line up than a surf comp that we are used to. But in all honesty, that is a story for another day.
What a crazy few events it has been. John John Florence has made everyone forget his average start to the year by pretty much demolishing everyone in his path since Trestles. Except maybe Jordy Smith, who has had him twice in 2 goes, once in the Trestles final & now in the Semis at Portugal. Because of the semi finish for John, his world title race is over, but as Mick has said about himself, his world title years have all started half way through the year before. Perhaps this is what John is doing?
Future surfing World Champions. An interesting thought came to me while talking to a friend the other day about where the surfing world is headed, with the arrival on the scene of guys like John John Florence, Julian Wilson, Gabriel Medina to name a few.
Got to say a big congratulations to Mick Fanning after he won his first Billabong Teahupoo pro title last week in Tahiti. In what is becoming a great, healthy rivalry, Mick surfed against Joel Parkinson in the final & took the honours for his second win of the year, Joel looked to have it sorted early, but Mick, with the determination & coolness under pressure he has displayed so many times before in his career was able to come back for the win.