CJ Hobgood

CJ Hobgood's first wave in the final was a stellar barrel that just pinched him on the way out. He is the incarnation of competitive smarts. Having surfed 10 events at Teahupoo, he has become a literal student of the wave. He has made three finals here in the past and on Friday breezed past Dane Reynolds, crushed Tiago Pires and axed Jeremy Flores. His heart belongs to Teahupoo. (ASP)