Jimmicane’s Passion Picks: Bells Beach

posted by / News / April 14, 2011

Jimmicane's Passion Picks

My Rip Curl Pro lineup for this year, after Freddy P’s injury withdrawal.


My Passion Picks for Snapper were almost complete garbage, so I’m fired up for some redemption here at the 50th Annual Rip Curl Pro Bells. And to be honest, I’m feeling like I pretty much have the dream team here.

You can more or less put me in the expert bracket when it comes to this event because I’ve been there in person the past two years and watched every single heat live from the beach, or at least live from the VIP Beer Garden. Although I won’t be there for the third straight year (I’ll instead be on a luxury catamaran gliding through the Mentawais), you can believe I’m gonna set your fantasy team up for success. Here we go! —Words and photos by Jimmicane


Parko. The man does have a track record…

Joel Parkinson:

This dude is a straight up gangster when it comes to surfing Bells. I don’t think anyone can really fuck with him out there. He’s won it twice already and will be a favorite to ring the bell for a third time if they end up with decent swell and actually run the event at Bells Beach. I wouldn’t necessarily put money on him at the backup locations, but because last year had such heinous luck with surf conditions, and this being the 50th year, Rip Curl will do everything possible to run heats in the main arena that is Bells Bowl. Parko’s style complements this wave better than anyone else on tour in my opinion.



Kelly. The man does have 10.09 world titles…

Kelly Slater:

Typically I try to stay away from picking this guy because he’s from Cocoa Beach, yet is somehow a Lakers fan #WTF. That, and the fact that he was the only person in the entire contest who didn’t attend the end of event party last year. Note: The lamest thing you can ever do is winning a contest then not even go to your own party. Major Core Score points deduction for that one. In the words of Ben Bourgeois, “I party harder than that dude for winning a 1-star.” However, in this case I cannot deny the man. Kelly won’t win this year because he only does that every other year and did so in 2010, but he will at least make the semis.



Owen. The man does have a giant tour bus…

Owen Wright:

Owen took down Dane Reynolds and Slater in consecutive rounds as a wildcard in 2009 before coming damn close to taking out an on-point Jordy Smith too. Rip Curl has predicted greatness from him since a young age and he’s been down to Bells every year for as long as he can remember. His whole family will drive down in their gigantic van and no one will be more prepared than Owen. Strength in numbers! Family passion! Typically I would stray away from goofy footers on a mushy right like Bells, but this is one exception you can count on.



Simpo. The man does have Waka on his eardrums…

Brett Simpson:

I initially had Fred Patacchia slated for this spot before I found out his knee injury is still too jacked. How could I not after last year’s heroics, when Freddy hit the post-heat interview after Round 1 and let loose on the mic with, “I think they got his testicles so far up their mouths that, this is bullshit you know,” referring to the ridiculously excessive hype surrounding Owen Wright? Freddy P is a legendary human being and that’s what Passion Picks is all about, so I can only replace him with someone equally legendary — like Brett. When I read Simpo’s interview in our June issue and he mentioned getting psyched by listening to Waka Flocka Flame, I nearly fell out of my chair with excitement. Waka Flocka Flame is one hood-ass n***a. You’ve probably heard that Brett’s father was an NFL safety for the LA Rams and Buffalo Bills. Well Brett inherited those freak athletic genes from his pops and put that shit on display down at the Quik Pro last month. He also did the move of the event last year at Bells with a full rotator alley-oop on a solid overhead wave. In the end, Brett is gonna come out on top because his competition now knows he listens to Waka. They will fold.


(Please go to 3:30 in this video to see and hear some of the most epic shit in recent history.)



Mick. The man does have pretty much the best technique on the planet…

Mick Fanning:

There is no way Mick Fanning starts his 2011 campaign with consecutive poor outings. He’s just way too good. Anyone who thinks he is a boring surfer should ponder their life existence.



Dusty. The man does have ice where his blood should be…

Dusty Payne:

Dusty has his shit together now and that is scary for a lot of people on tour expecting to challenge for a world title. He might not have the consistency to make a run at the title himself yet, but he will wreck some dreams. Last year we hung out in the beer garden leading up to his Winkipop showdown with Slater. No, he was not drinking, although having a single beer to calm the nerves was discussed. It wasn’t necessary, however. He had no nerves. I saw not one signal that Kelly intimidated him even 1%, which seems impossible. Dusty confirmed that thought when he caught his first wave and threw a massive 360 tail-blow as his opening maneuver. This is even after Kelly’s attempted mindfuck of whispering, “I’ll give you $5 for this wave” as Dusty stroked into it. Unfortunately for D. Payne it was a wave-starved heat and he was left looking for a mediocre backup that didn’t make itself available. Might karma come back to bite Kelly in a potential rematch? The hype would be supreme. Harness your inner Alberga for me, Dusty.



Pat. The man does have a classic motto…

Pat Gudauskas:

Pat wrote me an email talking about the Australia road trip he, his brothers, and Dylan Graves have been on for the past month. In it he penned, “Our motto has just been to get as classic as possible.” Now I’ve basically changed my life to adopt this motto and I feel great. I recommend everyone do the same. Pat is bringing the passion so much that I’m making him my Passion Picks mascot for Bells. This underdog is about to bite!



Gabe. The man does have a hack to hide from…

Gabe Kling:

We just ran a spread of Gabe in our June issue doing one of the biggest hacks anyone’s done in recent memory. He’s been on point. I’m feeling the vibes. Gabe’s gonna kill this contest. Bells is not suited for above-the-lip or fins-free surfing. It’s suited for power turns and drawing lines. That’s what Gabe does best. Go Gabe!



Wildcard worth running with: Adam Robertson

A pure legend who lives there in Jan Juc and made the final against Parko two years ago. If you need a cheap option to fill out your roster who can really smoke fools, this is your man.

Dude I’m scared I don’t have on my team: Taj Burrow

If these weren’t based on passion, I’d have him on. My honest advice would be to pick Taj if you’re serious about having a winning fantasy team. His heat at Winkipop against Andy Irons last year was hard to watch for A.I. fans like myself. The word domination has never been so relevant.


The 50th Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach runs April 19-30 in Torquay, in the southern state of Victoria, Australia. SURFING’s Editor in Chief, Travis Ferré, will be there. Dane Reynolds and Freddy P won’t be. You can watch the event live here.



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  • tom tom

    how the f@ck are you backing that rap video? worst thing ever

  • Tim Tam

    I thought everything this mag does was a joke. Hence the gangsta wannabe BS artist (Jimmicane) and the metro surf gay guy (Chas). Ha ha so funny.

  • Mike

    Is that music video foreal? Shittiest rapper in history

  • Justin Mehren

    Taj is a grom at heart and he will be lighting it up…just needs to remember to not loose his head in the water.

  • Mik

    another retromental east coast loser. gangsta rap? not. white tools emulating black culture? beyond lame. using the n word in the process? five floors lower than pathetic. lower even than jeans hanging below the asscrack. and then he goes and claims “expert”bracket? fucking out there.

  • Mik

    BTW: Taj Burrow. Jordy Smith. Jeremy Flores. Michel Bourez. Wilko. Adriano. Kai Otton. Ace.

    Names worth pondering when thinking of Bells, this year.

  • twists

    when the fuck did Jimmicane try to be an artist? He takes pictures and listens to rap = wannabe gangsta and bs artist? You’re a crab ass faggot, tim tam. We should all listen to the koooks or some trendy punk band? Fuck outta here.

  • Scott

    Well done Jimmicane. The best part is the reason you stay away from picking Slater, cause he’s a Lakers fan from Florida. Now that’s commitment I can applaud.

  • clambacon

    @Mik… Flores, Wilko, and Otton will not pass the 2nd round kook

  • Garibaldi

    Once again congratulations on refusing to play Fantasy Surfer, cannibalizing your business, and letting your office mates in on your disdain. You get to do it nine more times this year. YEahh!

  • truth

    good post.
    none of the posters have a clue about black culture.
    don’t try to draw white analogies to flaca, you lose.
    white people think rappers need “cred” or to actually shoot someone to have “tie ins”
    he’s beloved, fools. the spoiled brats that are posting i imagine have no black friends, but try to read through the lines or make it out that only people that are hardcore are ok to listen to.

    don’t try to say a word when you can’t understand where the words are going. music is music. culture is culture.
    fake gangsta or not…its music. hip hop crosses all lines. culture references reflect the strength of the beats.

    spoiled orange county brats posting…

  • LOLZ

    I think Gabe only has one fan and its Jimmy Wilson.

  • Tanner

    Wow. Reading these posts truly blows my mind…

    The photos above are epic and obviously proffesionaly taken… and great picks.

    Fuck all the haters, Jimmicane.

    If you all don’t have something nice to say, then drop it.
    You know, like you drop in on girls and kids – kooks.

    (Mik, do you know who has 10 world titles. East Coaster.)

  • Hammonds

    You dropped the Hashtag and the waka vid in one post! You have officially given it more hell than anyone i know! Lets get classic!!

  • Mik

    itza free world and i think that saying gangsta rap suks is saying something nice. it’s generally pathetic, because i’m not into violence, especially not into glorifying it. consistent view. the eminem (M&M?!?) version is even worse.

    btw: does being into hiphop make you black??? lame. ridiculous. does wearing your pants below your ass?? even more ridiculous. its just a tool way to stay unemployed.

    Yeah, I know Slater is an East Coaster but by birth only. He’s global. everyone knows that. And he will keep dominating until someone steps up with the same level of commitment to total preparation. Fanning and Andy were the only ones so far. Taj is on the verge. Kai and Wilko can beat anyone if they are the top of their game. I’m not saying they will win, but at Bells, yeah, they can wreak havoc.

    Jimmycain’s photos are getting into the rad zone… but his comments? not. I’m so far done with that scene. you’re welcome to it, tho’. free world and all.

  • Steve Shearer

    “Yeah, I know Slater is an East Coaster but by birth only. He’s global. everyone knows that.”

    Fucking word up.

  • jeff

    LOLZ – youre a fag and obviously youve never seen gabe surf, anyone that knows anything about surfing can appreciate his “hack”, its gnarly

    jimmicane – haha, very well written article, surfing mag should publish more of your work

    tom tom – awesome comment, cant wait to get waka on my ipod

  • Joey bob

    As the posters before me have mentioned Jimmy SLate Is global. But let’s not forget that he is and always will be from the EAST. That’s where he learned how to surf and Sebastion Inlet is where he honed his foundation of skills.

    As for Jimmi, the music choice is tough to handle but his other comments too much. Who gives a sh$t about how many times you’ve been to bells or for that matter your next catamaran adventure.

    Props to the EAST

    Go Gabe!

  • Oliver

    i like turtles

  • M Alberga

    Ide like to see dusty take him down, he can for sure

  • Sorel

    Gabe Kling does not belong on tour. I cannot wait until Cory Lopez takes his spot, rightfully so. Peace!

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  • Rob

    Gabe has a nasty hack and has earned his place on tour….st auggie loves him and jimmicane.but waka flaka is the reason hip hop is dead but to each is his own.that shit wont hold up but thats a whole different post.And slater is global but doesnt matter,he grew up surfing the shittest waves and theres still more east coasters on tour than west coasters,but never got that beef cause i love both coasts,this aint biggie vs pac u faggot bitchs…get ur mind right….

  • Move ova, mayne

    Jimmy if I wasn’t a proud East Coaster I’d say you’re the biggest toolbag ever doggie. Love your shots though.

  • pull your card

    you should be fired for posting that video. i hope it was a joke.
    just another surf media leech.
    as far as professional surfing, its a spoof already.
    c’mon there having a contest on long island. just gonna be a gay party.