Shhhhh….if you listen closely you can hear the huge sigh of relief from the Brazilian contingency on tour! The Billabong Pro Tahiti held at Teahupoo—the greatest spectator surf contest in the world has been regulated to nothing more exciting than the US Open in Huntington Beach.
This is my favorite contest to watch on tour…when there is swell. It keeps the best surfers in the world awake at with sweats and images of being impaled on the deadly reef at Teahupoo. But this year, like last year—nothing.
I selected my team for the contest based on my hope for a solid swell. I went with a crew of guys known to charge anything thrown their way.
With no swell for the entire contest waiting period, I know I should have gone back and altered my line up and replaced my die hard chargers like Andy Irons, Kelly Slater and the Hobgoods with Brazilian air reverse kings Jadson Andre and Adriano de Souza.
However, stupidly, I am sticking with my team. I am still holding out for a magical phantom swell that will send the weak to the reef and the heavies into the winners circle.
Tamaroa McComb – local wildcard –cheap- and local knowledge may get him the best waves
Manoa Drollet – see above – if there was swell he would go far
Damien Hobgood – how is it that Floridians are some of the best barrel riders on the planet?
CJ Hobgood – see Damien!
Andy Irons – expect an early exit – three foot Teahupoo will not keep his attention
Kelly Slater - needs a win to keep title hopes alive
Bobby Martinez – previous contest winner and can do well in sub-par conditions
Fred Patacchia – goofy footer barrel rider
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