Jimmicane’s Passion Picks: Teahupo’o

posted by / News / August 13, 2011

Jimmicane's Passion Picks for Teahupo'o


Holy crap did my J-Bay team fall apart quickly. I nailed it with Jordy and Mick but then things got shitty. Picked the wrong Hobgood, Dusty lost in Round 3, and Adriano sat right in Gabe’s way when he was about to drop a potential winning score. Dane and Bobby didn’t even show up and, well, get used to that because Dane is not going to do the tour anymore (besides Quik events) and Bobby is getting booted pretty soon here. They had a good run though. At least we can look forward to seeing Dane go on epic trips and watch the videos on Marinelayerproductions.com. At least we can read Bobby’s twitter.

Off to Teahupo’o! Where world champ contenders go to lose the title to Kelly. And what a year it’s been there. Seems like it would take a perfect storm of bad luck for this event to not go off. Been a while since we saw A+ Chopes for the main event. We are due! Here’s how it’s going down:



Kelly Slater

The old dog keeps pulling out new tricks. It’s really unbelievable to witness. Has this man sold his soul to the devil? He must have. I’m really starting to like him this year. He’s so dramatic and clutch, and he doesn’t even give a shit anymore. I’ll claim it first. Kelly will win this event and his 11th world title, despite not even showing up for J-Bay. Taj and Parko are forever doomed.


Damien Hobgood

Florida boy #2 on my picks. What makes people from Florida so damn good out here? There clearly is no correlation, but just accept it Cali bros. You’re hurting in comparison. You got nothing on the EC at Teahupo’o. OK, never mind, you have Alex Gray — but he ain’t here. Neither is Dane.


CJ Hobgood

This is where picking your friends is fun — ’cause they just dominate people and make you look good and not biased.


Michel Bourez

I just watched that new Transworld SURF movie, Surprise Excitement Party. I believe this man will kick your ass and he will kick Teahupo’o’s ass. Actually, he’s so nice, he would do neither, but he just might win his home event. Not many people are more comfortable out there.


Fred Patacchia

The most underrated human in professional surfing. Not his surfing, just him in general. As straightforward and real as it gets. Funny. Handsome. Passionate. And badly needing a result. Fred’s track record at Teahupo’o should be kept in mind.


Dusty Payne

I look back at my picks this year and somehow I can’t get Dusty off my team. I have too much faith in him. Did you guys see that clip of him at Pipe from last year? Good lord the boy can ride a backside barrel.


Gabe Kling

Yes he’s still on here. I will not lose the faith. Go Gabe!


Cory Lopez

Florida boy #5. I’m putting him in here because Dane isn’t coming so Cory will get another replacement slot. I love Cory but I haven’t put him on my team once this year, so that should let you know that I ain’t bullshitting with this one. A cheap option that will work out well. —Jimmicane


We’ll be watching the Billabong Pro Tahiti live when the waiting period starts on August 20th to see if Jimmicane is brilliant…or just drunk on East Koast-aid.

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  • Andy B

    Kelly will for sure win this event/title. I mean the Ke11y logo is really just falling in quiks lap. To easy!

  • Jeff

    Dane really done ?

  • bufu

    Go Thor!! Although I usually disagree i like your picks Jimmy.

  • james b

    C´mon!!! Stop this crap!! Please, take Dane´s balls out of your mouth, Jimmi…

    Lets get this straight: Dane Reynolds is just a good freesurfer, JUST THAT!! Did you guys ever saw Dane Reynolds ripping in BIG Sunset,Haleiwa, or getting BIG barrels in Pipe, or even charging BIG Teahuppo?? Somebody has ever seen Dane Reinolds charging waimea??

    Is Dane Reynolds a winner? Dane has the mental strength, the will to win a world title? (or, please, at least one simple contest???)

    Let´s be honest, Dane is just on of the best surfer of the world in 4 to 6 foot righthanders. Nothing beyond that.

    I personally think that Dane has the world´s best surfing style. He´s agressive, fast, really amazing surfer.

    But please, don´t try to make this guy what he´s not. This is not even good to him as a person.

  • Mic

    Thank you Jamie b well said!

  • Mic

    I mean james

  • Billy

    james b….Dane has been in the Pipe Semifinals the past 2 years. Gets plenty of big barrels BRAAHHHH

  • Mik

    not sure what coming from the least coast has to do with selecting who is going to win at Teahupo’o… but i am bummed that Dane’s dropped out because I like to see him mixed in with that crew. that aside, i am looking for big performances from Kai Otton (friend, ya) and Ace Buchan. if the swell’s up, forehand surfing is going to factor in, in a big way, and those two are radical. The Kelly / Taj campaign will also get very interesting… And no doubt that Michel Bourez will be somewhere on the podium… Can’t wait!!!

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  • Smokie

    Go away crapcane.

  • the runs

    Kai and Ace = 2 of the most boring surfers on tour, but will do well when all you need is a barrel. Good call.

  • Rich

    Fredy P is hurt and out

  • A.M.

    That is definately a solid squad for “Chopes” ….not too sure about Gabe Kling though…how the hell is that guy still on tour??

  • jeff logan

    quit hating james b. dane isnt a pussy just because 95% of what we see him surfing is 6ft waves. he could, would and probably has surfed any of the big waves you mentioned. his airs are just too fucking good to put a boring waimea section in his videos. be siked, not jealous

  • Mik

    @the runs:

    thnx. actually, I am a big fan of vertical backhand attacks, and an admitted acquaintance of Kai… But also, there’s not going to be much punting going on, and these two goofy foots are really really hungry. About Kai: He is a charger. He was bummed that he got injured before this event last year… So he could be interesting. in fact, he was ranked 12th his rookie year; but as you probably are thinking, that was before airs became the shizzle… He does draw vert radical lines. and is a power surfer.
    weakness is air rotations. but he can boost forehand and backhand.

  • Jon

    Jimmy’s photos are great but this Kling/Jaguars/Waka Flocka nonsense needs to go. Could Floridians have worse taste in anything?

  • Mike Anderson

    Interesting to look back now a year on and see who was/is right…