Chad Shetler was once again super solid stomping his run and ending up in 10th. He looks poised for a 3 peat, but not so fast. Surfing is his weakest link with a 21st in 08, 28th in 09 & 22nd in ‘10.
Shayne Pospisil is sitting in 3rd and is the best surfer of the snow crowd with a 5th in ‘08, 8th in ‘09 (with the only tube ride), 19th in ‘10 that cost him a podium spot. Shayne will need to distance himself from Chad big time in surf as skate is his weakest link (27th, 25th, 24th). Shayne currently has a 7 point lead on Chad and needs to be around 10th in surf to see the podium! Chad needs to finish around 20th in surf with a new crop of young ripper skaters who will be hungry in Stage 3…Zach Miller, Adam Taylor, Josh Borden & Tosh Townend.
Astorga, Morrissey & TR all had bad days in the snow and will look to play spoiler the rest of the way. Bryce Young & Jeff Weatherall will be playing catch up and need strong surf scores. Kristian Philipp is three time podium finisher (3rd, 2nd, 2nd) and was a favorite for 2011, but must now find a way to fight back from 15th his worst snow performance and find some waves.
Watch out for Mugs, Tosh, Brian Richardson, BJ Linne & kiwi Rob Mitchell (this kid can skate)!
The Surf stage is set to take place on Thursday, April 7th at Seaside Reef in Cardiff, CA. Follow all the action at ultimateboarder.com and watch the Surf portion live on transworldsurf.com.