CJ Hobgood starts 2010 with a win

World Tour starts in three weeks, and Floridian has momentum.

Updated: June 21, 2010, 10:35 AM ET
By Matt Pruett | ESPN Action Sports

On Saturday, February 6, current world number seven, CJ Hobgood won the 2010 season's first WQS 6-Star Prime event: the Hang Loose Pro at Fernando de Noronha in Brazil. Running at the same time, the Volcom Pipeline Pro naturally sucked up most of the surfing world's attention, so the Hang Loose did just that -- hung loose amidst a forgettable spectacle compared to Big Braddah Banzai.

Finding cleaner barrels than opponent Raoni Monteiro in chest-high lefthanders, Hobgood's ...

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