This classy goofy foot from Florida looms large as the MAN who can stop Mick Fanning from sealing the deal. CJ has a grade one tear in his medial ligament, which adds just the teeniest bit of doubt about whether or not he can stop Fanning in 10-to-12 foot lefts at Pipeline.
Kai has a personal vendetta. This Aussie goofy-foot is coming off his maiden World Tour win at the last event in Portugal and is staring at a possible Top 5 finish on the final 2013 World Tour ratings – to do this he needs to make the final at Pipe.
His motivation? Not just a career Personal Best but blood-thirst bragging rights - overtaking good friend and travel buddy, Taj Burrow, who has already been eliminated.
The former Pipe Master has been looking real good in his earlier heats, maybe better than a lot of people have noticed – given the focus on Kelly and Mick. Let’s say he gets past Miguel Pupo, that puts him and Joel as possible obstacles between Kelly and a Pipe Final. Will Flores go all out for a second Pipe Masters title?
Source: Vans Triple Crown: Billabong Pipe Masters 2013