When picking my team for Japan, I tried to select guys who could perform in any conditions. You never know what kind of surf they will get in Japan, one foot…maybe ten…maybe both.
Taj Burrow: Difficult for anyone to beat in little beachbreak.
Kelly Slater: Fired up. Knows this is his opportunity to put a serious gap between him and the others.
Fred Patacchia: On a roll. Quick in beachies and the judges are on his nuts.
Luke Stedman: Coming off a WQS win in France. A strong cheap guy.
Chris Ward: He will either go big or go home. Can do good no matter what the waves are like.
Andy Irons: ‘Nuff said.
Tim Curran: Huge scores in small waves. Hasnt done well in a long time, but I’ve got faith in Timmy!
Mick Fanning: Crazy little energized whippet who will surf one footers like he got towed in.