I have renewed confidence after most of my picks did well in the last
event at Trestles. It’s getting down to the business end of the year so
everyone is under pressure to flare up — now or never. France is so
fickle, hopefully the boys will have fun waves to blow up in.
Kelly Slater You would have to be stupid, crazy or a straight out
hater to not have the Syrian from Cocoa Beach on your roster at this
point. Little proof is needed that he has been this years MVP.
Andy Irons I think Andy will be more relaxed now that Kelly has a
huge point lead over him. Now he cannot worry about everything and
just be free to show people why he is the only surfer in history to
ever rattle Kelly.
Mick Fanning Fanning is in third at the moment and I have a feeling he
wants to finish the year as runner up. Expect him to be dead serious
about taking people out.
Fred Patacchia Fred will want to finish strong this year knowing every
Hawaiian is proud and pulling for him. He knows he can beat the best of them, and that confidence will serve him well.
Chris Ward Has had quite a shocker since his 2nd place finish in at
snapper. I have faith that it’s only a matter of time until Wardo finds
his form again. The playful beachies of southern France suit him down to the ground.
Bede Has surprised many people this year. The truth is there
aren’t many attractive prospects in this price range.
Taj Burrow France loves Taj and Taj loves France. He will be
punting huge airs in the conditions he surfs best in. Also coming off a
strong finish at Lowers last week.
Luke Stedman ‘Steady’ has had an inconsistent year, but I am
hoping he will flare up in France.–Shane Dorian