Here is what we at Global Surf Sounds think the top 6 world title contenders for 2015 are. Who do you think will be up there with the best of them?
After a historic year in which Gabe became the first ever Brazilian world champion, you can’t take away the brilliance of this young surfer. He out-shone every other surfer to take the crown. He surfs with power, style and finesse. Winning three events last year and only having a ninth place as his lowest counting result, Brazil will surely be looking for him to do it again.
In 2013 Mick won his third world title and last year finishing second Mick has lifted himself into the ‘greats’ category. Possibly the most powerful surfer on tour, Mick has a competitive attitude that gets some serious results. Over Mick’s career he has gone from a brilliant young surfer pioneering airs to one of the legends of our time. Has Mick got another world title in him? We think he has.
Although Kelly is the oldest surfer on tour he has continued to push the boundaries of surfing for over 20 years. With out a doubt the greatest competitive surfer of all time, Kelly will continue to surprise us. There had been some talk that he was being left behind on the air side of things but we all saw the video of the 720 that he pulled this year. One thing is for sure, don’t count out Kelly.
John John Florence
John John had a slightly disappointing season this year, championed by many as the best surfer in the world right now. There were more than a few suspect decisions and close calls that totally went agains John John last year and he must be eager to show the world what he is made of. This is a surfer who has the full package. He can ride massive barrels with contemptible ease while on the other end of the scale can smash out massive airs at Snapper. John John has definitely got a world title in him, the question is when and how many?
Having just won the biggest and last event of the year the Pipe Masters, narrowly beating world champion Gabriel Medina, Julian’s confidence must be at an all time high right now. No one who has seen videos of his free surfing can doubt his ability, what remains to be seen though is can he consistently get the contest results needed to claim the crown.
When Kolohe first came onto the scene a few years back he was blowing minds all over the place. Since qualifying for the dream tour however he hasn’t performed as most expected him to. The pressure of surfing against the worlds best surfers in the world’s best waves undoubtedly got to him. Kolohe has the ability to be a world champion but does he have the mind set to be able to produce the goods?