THE NEXT KELLY

Eleven-time ASP world champ Kelly Slater is going strong at 43, but as the 2015 surfing season kicks off on Saturday with the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast event in Queensland, Australia, it's time to think about who will be the next face of the sport. Here's how the two most likely candidates stack up.
March 02, 2015

BOARD SHORTS

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JOHN JOHN FLORENCE GABRIEL MEDINA
22/ Oahu, Hawaii AGE/HOMETOWN 21/ Maresius, Brazil
JJF NICKNAME The Freak Kid
Third overall in '14; won the Quiksilver Pro TOUR SUCCESS World champ in '14; he and Slater only under-21 winners
Tops in Surfer magazine's '14 poll, ending Slater's 10-year run POPULARITY One of Brazil's biggest TV networks, GLOBO, started covering surfing last August
Barrels; first surfed Pipeline when he was five SIGNATURE STRENGTH Aerials; pulled off arguably the best backflip ever
"The pinnacle of surfing for me is to have a heat against this guy in big barrels." KELLY SAYS "He's passed every test. He doesn't really have a weakness."
Implied textual repartee with Taylor Swift CONTROVERSY Stormed off after finishing second at the '12 Rip Curl Pro

THEY SAID IT

"I guess I make them mad."

Brandon Dubinsky

Blue Jackets center after his scrap last Thursday with Sidney Crosby made him the only player in the NHL to fight both the Penguins' star and the Capitals' Alexander Ovechkin.

PHOTOKIRSTIN SCHOLTZ/ASP/GETTY IMAGES (FLORENCE) PHOTOKELLY CESTARI/ASP/GETTY IMAGES (MEDINA) PHOTOMATTHEW PEARCE/ICON SPORTSWIRE (DUBINSKY)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)