Last year's title race was one of the most exciting and action-packed we've seen since Andy Irons took out Kelly Slater at Pipeline in 2004.
The No. 1 spot changed hands four times throughout the year in a highly emotional seesaw battle. Throw in the unpredictable and incredible John John Florence and you have a recipe for nonstop action. Slater, Taj Burrow and Mick Fanning each held the lead at some point, and Joel Parkinson took the title in a triumphant victory at the Billabong Pipeline Pro.
Looking forward to this season, I see more of the same nail-biting performances that will undoubtedly unfold. The talent level has risen too high to expect anything less, and with guys from 18 to 41 years old competing, everyone can relate to someone on tour.
The first question on everyone's minds, including the competitors: Will Slater make an effort for another world title? This question drives people mad. How could one human be so good? Some secretly wish he would just go away, but they know a world title without him means much less.
For the full story click here