146 – Pre Pipe Masters Analysis & Rob Colby of Need Wetsuits

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In the first half of today’s episode, David discusses Need Wetsuits with Rob Colby. They chat about the direct-to-consumer business model, the equitability of high-salaried surf stars, and Rob lends insight into Dane Reynolds’ Chapter 11 based on his years as an executive at Quiksilver. In the second half of the show (36 minute mark) David offers his analysis on the upcoming 2016 Pipeline Masters. Enjoy the show!

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PRE PIPEMASTERS ANALYSIS

Here’s David’sĀ assessment of what’s to come. Listen to the pod for the detailed analysis.

Surfers at risk of humiliation

Filipe Toledo

The world's best small wave surfer will need to figure out large barreling lefts if he ever wants to win a world title.

The world’s best small wave surfer will need to figure out large barreling lefts if he ever wants to win a world title.

Matt Wilkinson

Wilko led a pack of world title contenders. A win at Pipeline will reassert his worth among those ranks.

Wilko led a pack of world title contenders. A win at Pipeline will reassert his worth among those ranks.

Other surfers with something to prove at Pipe: Stu Kennedy, Matt Banting, Kanoa Igarashi.

Dark Horse Pick

Keanu Asing

Keanu's entire pro surfing career hinges on this one event. He's always delivered his best performances under immense pressure. #HeartOverHeight

Keanu’s entire pro surfing career hinges on this one event. He’s always delivered his best performances under immense pressure. #HeartOverHeight

Notables (but not for the reason’s you might think)

Joel Parkinson

Parko has been overshadowed in all conditions in recent year, but very few are as deft as Parko in good quality, dangerous waves. Expect a reemergence from this Pipe Master.

Parko has been overshadowed in all conditions in recent year, but very few are as deft as Parko in good quality, dangerous waves. Expect a reemergence from this Pipe Master.

Kelly Slater

Because of Kelly's deferred focus, he will momentarily let his guard down, and a young buck will capitalize. Prove me wrong Kelly!

Because of Kelly’s deferred focus, he will momentarily let his guard down, and a young buck will capitalize. Prove me wrong Kelly!

Top Picks

John John Florence

John John is overdue for his maiden Pipe Masters win. And if he takes it, it'll perhaps be the most successful competitive year of surfing ever, by anyone.

John John is overdue for his maiden Pipe Masters win. And if he takes it, it’ll perhaps be the most successful competitive year of surfing ever, by anyone.

Gabriel Medina

Gabe's finished 2nd two years in a row. He'll go one better this year.

Gabe’s finished 2nd two years in a row. He’ll go one better this year.

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