Adriano De Souza, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Given the looks of the modest surf forecast for this year's Open, the Huntington Hop, which favors quick-footed Brazilians like Adriano De Souza, may be in full effect. Currently ranked fifth in the world, he's a favorite in any event he enters, but when it comes to turning a marginal wave into a big score, he's especially adept. Another Brazilian to keep an eye on is Jadson Andre. He'd love nothing more than to bring his own samba style to surfing's biggest stage and dance, dance, dance. Bottom line? The smart money's on the South Americans to go far. (Jason Kenworthy)