The time of year has come again. The air is getting warmer; the plants are filling out; and yes, the ASP World Tour is about to be underway. As die-hard surfers, and hodads alike, make their way to Queensland, Australia, to see the best surfers known, one question is on everyone’s mind. Who is going to take the Gold Coast this year in the Quicksilver Pro?
The man most have their eyes on is veteran surfer, Taj Burrow. This Aussie native slashed, snapped, and carved his way to the top of the podium last year, but not easily. Right on TB’s fin was the young, but seasoned, Adriano de Souza, with his quick turns and stylish aerials. This Brazilian ripped his way through round after round of great natives, such as Josh Kerr and Owen Wright, making his way all the way to finals, only to be defeated by Burrow. But this loss was nothing new to Souza.
This most recent placement may have been nothing but salt on the wound for Souza, previously knowing what it is like to be bumped down by the Australian OG. In the last three years, Tb has consistently managed to knock Adriano off the bracket, and onto the beach. Taj was the better of the match in the quarterfinals in 2010, the fifth round in 2011, and for the number one spot in 2012. Also, two out of the last three years, the Gold Coast was ran by Taj, with the exception of 2011, when, the Legend himself, Kelly Slater, charged into first. Now put yourself in his shoes; being beaten by the same person, THREE YEARS IN A ROW! Wouldn’t you want a bit of revenge?
Obviously, we cannot exclude some of the other great surfers in the line up. Every rider in the Association of Surfing Professionals has a chance to win, in every event, in any country’s waters. One man, or kid, to watch is the up and coming John John Florence. Taking sporadic wins here and there within all leagues of the ASP, this youth has what it takes to air his way to the podium. With his new, fast, aggressive style of surfing, John John’s ambition may prove itself on the Gold Coast. And lets not forget the other top dingos in the game, such as Mick Fanning,
Julian Wilson, and Joel Parkinson. Let’s be certain that all of these keg pumpers are all drooling to take the first bite of the season’s events, and will not be easily tamed.
With Adriano de Souza’s surfing being somewhat like Scar to Taj Burrow’s Mufasa, some wonder if he will fall to the stereotype of other Brazilian surfers, and let his aggression push the Aussies out of the way. Or will Souza remain the calm and collected professional that he truly deserves to be seen as? Either way, one great fact remains. The ASP World Tour is closing in, and another great season has begun. Go catch your barrel.