With ASP world title contenders Mick Fanning and Kelly Slater hunkered down on the North Shore of Oahu as they wait for the predicted Pipe Masters swell to fill in, we decided to see what the two have been up to on the social media front. The photos the two have been posting are telling of their approach to winning—Kelly tries to psyche out his opponent by posting photos of previous Pipeline Masters trophies and GoCJ hashtags, while Mick keeps it loose and carefree.
Whatever happens, we know that the final day of the Pipeline Masters is shaping up to be a battle for the ages. The stakes involve a world title, and what the two surfers need to do to win it is simple: Mick makes the semifinals and he wins. Kelly wins the event (and Mick doesn't make it to the semifinals), and he wins. Up against CJ Hobgood (a close friend of Slater's and fellow Floridian), Mick has his work cut out for him. Meanwhile, Kelly's path to his 12th ASP world title will have to go through either Sebastian "Seabass" Zietz or Kai Otton. Both surfers are deadly at big Pipeline and will be gunning to take out Slater. Oh and did we mention all of this will be going down in what could be all-time Pipeline? Here's Slater's take on the upcoming swell via his Instagram account: "Saturday is lining up to be pretty crazy on the swell forecasts. 11’/15secs NW should be maxing #Pipeline. And with light ESE to variable winds it should be #Ridonkulous." Bring it on!
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