A who's who of surf stars!
And we’ve been so busy discussing sharks and things that we haven’t caught up with Olympic surfing in quite some time. Are you still on the edge of your seats about who will qualify and for which country? You should be. Things are very tight after the just wrapped Tahiti Pro Teahupoo presented by Hurley.
As you well know, the top two surfers per country on the World Surf League Championship Tour rankings are invited to attend but they also must attend the 2019 or 2020 International Surfing Association World Pyramid Scheme Games, this year in Miyazaki, Japan. Very close to where the Olympics themselves will be.
Therefore, a who’s who of surfing celebrities will be participating including, but not limited to, Kelly Slater.
The greatest competitive surfer of all-time is currently number 10 in the world, behind Seth Moniz, John John Florence and Kolohe Andino. John John Florence is currently injured and will likely fall down the rankings… or will he? Kolohe Andino has not shown a stretch run gait yet in his career, Seth Moniz is too young to get a proper read on and then there’s Kelly Slater, surfing in his own pond next, surfing France, Portugal and Pipeline after that. All waves he can successfully weave assuming he doesn’t get cute like he did in Teahupoo.
So let’s say Team USA will be Kelly and John John.
Team Australia, as it stands now, will be Owen Wright and Julian Wilson
Team Brazil will be Filipe Toledo and Gabriel Medina
Team South Africa will be Jordy Smith and Michael February
Team Japan will be Kanoa Igarashi and Shinzo Abe
Team France will be Jeremy Flores and Yves St. Laurent
Team Portugal will be Pastel de Nata and Sopa de Pedra
The World Pyramid Scheme Games kick off Sept. 7 and runs until Sept. 15.
I might be busy but you should watch here.