Jimmicane’s Passion Picks: Volcom Fiji Pro 2013

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Jimmicane’s Passion Picks: Volcom Fiji Pro 2013

I had some bad intel for Brazil. My contact on the ground in Rio might’ve been a little blinded by all the thongs and lost focus on the actual surfing. Medina didn’t look very hurt during the event, but then again, it’s pretty easy to ignore bad ankle for 30-minute stints if you stick a few needles in it. Happens in all sports when athletes have nagging injuries and who knows what kind of crazy deer antler shit you could buy in Brazil.

For Fiji, I did my picks without any intel from the event site. These picks right here are born from straight passion, like a child conceived under a full moon on prom night. They might not end up doing too well, but it sure was a hell of dance.—Jimmicane

Kelly Slater
I had a hard time depleting my budget on this dude, but I had to do it. He’s been quiet and unthreatening the past two events and it’s just weird. For a moment, I wondered if old age is finally beginning to take its toll. Then I saw a backside air sequence from Sebastian Inlet a couple days ago. Rest assured, this dude is still beasting.

But if Kelly’s gonna win another world title, it’ll be because he capitalizes at the places where he always dominates. Y’all have obviously seen Kelly Slater in Black and White. That was 1990. Old 11x has owned this wave since you were popping zits on your funny face and jerking off to the lingerie section of the Sears catalog. Those pages are still stuck together, and Slater is still king of Cloudbreak.

Gabriel Medina
A lot of people think I hate Brazillians. That’s simply not true. I like just about every single one I’ve hung out with.

I’ve never hung out with Medina and I’ll openly admit to having a hard time becoming a fan of his. From what I’ve seen, the dude spends most of his free time crying (literally) about the judges, finding selfies for Instagram and burning people like he owns the ocean. That’s why you won’t see me ordering a MEDINA T-shirt and partying it up at Camp Gabriel with his parents on the beach anytime soon. Maybe he wants that villain role and the me-against-the-world attitude is what gets him fired up? I don’t know. But I just can’t deny him in Fiji. He wants it more than everyone not named Adriano (who is secretly battling him in one of the best underground rivalries surfing has ever seen). I’ll pick this guy up, but that doesn’t mean I’d be bummed if he peaced out in Round 2.

John John Florence
I’ve watched him surf a few times recently in California, then saw photos of his free surfs in Fiji. That ankle is looking A-OK. Expect him to do at least one mind blowing backside air on an impossible section after he gets spit out of a crazy tube.

CJ Hobgood
For some guys on tour, prize money is an afterthought. For CJ, it’s his wife and three daughter’s food on the table. The total cost to stay on Fiji over the course of the waiting period is around $5,000 with a plane ticket. So he would have to make Round 5 in order to break even if the wife comes along. CJ doesn’t plan on breaking even when it comes to Cloudbreak. He plans on stacking 10-point rides and big face hundreds! I’ll throw my own stack up against anyone who wants to bet against him.

Damien Hobgood
The bigger it is, the better. This Floridian goes. What WCT surfer was rushing harder than Damo during the legendary freesurf session last year? No one. He didn’t have anything close to a proper board for those conditions, but Damo still charged. Like John John, watch out for some psycho end section attempts onto dry reef. And pray that he meets up with his twin bro at some point because when those guys draw each other, it’s 30 minutes of all out brawling. They both surf better when they’re angry. Don’t piss these guys off!

Owen Wright
Remember when we were discussing Owen as a world title contender? I barely do either. The man had a contract year like Albert Haynesworth, then seemingly fell straight off the face of the earth. I’m calling him the dark horse on this one.

(Update: Owen has pulled out due to back injury. I replaced him with fellow Rip Curler, Matt Wilko.)

Dusty Payne
Volcom is throwing down a lot of loot for this event, which is doing the world a favor because Cloudbreak is the shit. Wouldn’t it be nice to see some karma kickback? In the post-Bruce era, they desperately need their new #1 to fill those shoes. Dusty doesn’t need to win, but at least show us something!

Freddy P
He’s fuckin Freddy P. One of the realest dudes to ever be on tour. I’m not sure how much longer he’ll be pulling it off, but he’s in Fiji ready to kick some ass and stay on the tour bubble. I was just reminiscing about when he snapped in the post-heat interview at Bells a few years ago and said how the commentators “Got his [Owen Wright’s] testicles so far up their mouth, this is bullshit.”

Well at least we get Dave Wassel, Ronnie Blakey, Chris Cote, Alex Gray and Wooly for commentators this time around. That’s a pretty entertaining lineup if you ask me, and not likely one where you’ll find a scrotum anywhere near an open mouth…Well, possibly in Cote’s a few times if Kelly decides to force-feed them…

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  • yep

    rich niggaz tippin’, broke niggaz lookin’.

  • wyatt

    You’re a surfing magazine whose lone job is to detail & deliver information relating to this one, single pursuit. You have one thing to cover. ONE THING! And yet, here are these picks, presumably submitted to an editor, which are both late (contest could well have started today) and inaccurate (Owen withdrew 3 days ago).

    Stop wondering why people call surf journalism lazy.

  • Kaipo Gomes

    Go back and look at the pathetic history on Dusty Payne. He is only on Tour this year because of the Injury wildcard. The year before he made it in with a stellar performance at Backdoor. He is not Bruce and will never even be close to what Bruce was for Volcom. The biggest weakness for Dusty is his backhand and that will be what kills him at Cloudbreak. Prediction: Dusty will fall off the Tour this year. Read it and weep.

  • Wang Chung

    Nobody, and I mean NO-body, is U.S. surf journalism has ever written anything like this print or web.
    And I like it.
    Love it ( me ) or hate it ( Wyatt, Mr. I straight mainline hate and negativity for breakfast, lunch and dinner ), it’s real, heartfelt and not unlike the typical shit talk convos surfers have swilling beers from The Goldcoast to the Graveyard of the Atlantic.
    Jimmy Wilson, the Anti-Chas…

  • CP

    This guy is clueless………

  • masniffur

    Good read Cane! All is TRU!!!

  • Yeahardcore

    Crazy deer antler shit???? Here in Brazil?
    We don’t have this kind of drug in our country.
    Please no offense and more respect!!!!

  • tony ty carson big island

    Hey jimmecane, you racked up a whopping 6 replies to your post so far, most of them negative, (might be some kind of surfing mag. record). Looks like the surf world has maybe finally had enough of the surf industries pro surfing garbage as an advertising tool for their so called products. Peace..

  • Mik

    this is exactly why being a surfer is a zillion times better than being anything else…
    if you want Sports Illustrated, please go elsewhere.

    IE: @wyatt: go back to reading your DMV manual, you’ll be more in your element.

    btw: i’ll go on record for saying that Medina can laugh or cry, or whatever he feels like doing on the sand or on land. his on-face and in-air surfing rocks. the rest is just what-evs.

  • stoptheh8

    Don’t listen to dat big mokaloka brah, Tony. He just trollin.’ (Not very well, either).

    This Passion Picks has potential to be a bigger blog: Jimmy’s no-bullshit take on what the inside of the pro surf world REALLY looks like.

    I, for one, would read the sh-t out of that. And I can guarantee others would, too. (It’d be kind of like STAB but funny. Actually funny. With actual reporting. Gawker-style).

    Million dollar idea, dude. The people want to know.

  • michael

    Gab Medina: “I’ll pick this guy up, but that doesn’t mean I’d be bummed if he peaced out in Round 2.” hahahah
    So glad I won’t have to see his parents screaming and celebrating every wave he surfs… The kid’s surfing is AMAZING but his crew is super lame.

  • michael

    John Florence for the win!

  • Jimmicane

    haha! Most comments negative? That’s new for the internet! Looks like most of my picks are doing pretty good. I don’t really give a shit though. It’s fantasy. I’m in Peru about to score perfect lefts and that is reality.

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  • Kaipo Gomes

    “Most of my picks are doing pretty good”??????………….say what, “I don’t give a shit though”. What a douche Jimmicane. Humble? In your vocabulary? With 5 of your 8 picks already out your Floridian elementary math shows your education level. If you are such the shit to make your, Jimmicane Passion Picks, you should have “some” humility to take your beating like a Man. Your picks look like shit at the near start of Round 3. That’s hardly anything to hang your hurricane on. Don’t be such a wanker and learn some humility. Your 3 remaining picks, Slater/John John/CJ, were obvious contenders.

  • Bushy

    Yeah, Dusty Payne is a strange one, you keep expecting a break-out performance which sorta never comes.

  • Kaipoisatool

    The only thing you have proven on here is that your are a kook. Would you say these things to someone in person? I sure hope not, and certainly doubt it. This is a fantasy surfer article, it’s supposed to be entertaining, and it clearly captured your interest.
    Troll on

  • Jimmicane

    Floridian Elementary Math? haha. That doesn’t even make sense. I got straight A’s in that shit my whole life btw. You’re tripping Kaipo. This Passion Picks thing is just for fun. Lighten up man. Drink a beer or something.

    @Bushy, I think I’m done picking Dusty. Love the dude but he just lets down every time. Which of course means he’ll probably blow up at Keramas!

  • hah

    long live the double grab air

  • Wang Chung

    Keramas Passion Picks?
    “CAN’T WAIT”!