With the ASP World Tour halfway through its season and soon to see a drastic reduction from the Top 45 surfers to the Top 34 (Top 32 finishers plus two wild cards), it adds even more pressure for those competitors who are sitting on the bubble in hopes of continuing on the world tour.
The Billabong Pro, along with the Pipeline Masters, are two events that are looked upon by both spectators and competitors as the Wimbledon and French Open of surfing, given the dangerous conditions that surfers must compete in, the high drama and the spectacular tubes that are most often witnessed at these two events.
Three surfers I like to win this event are Kelly Slater, dark horse Andy Irons if the swell gets big, and local wild card Manoa Drollet.
Keep your fingers crossed in hopes of seeing another exciting Billabong Pro.
JAMES PRIBRAM is a professional surfer and John Kelly Environmental Award winner. His websites include AlohaSchoolofSurfing and ECOWarrior Surf.com. He can be reached at Jamo@AlohaSchoolofSurfing.com.