It’s been a long time since CJ and Damien Hobgood burst onto the surfing scene. But anyone over 30 will recall that when surfing’s dynamic duo first stepped into the global spotlight it was in some serious surf at Cloudbreak, the primary wave on Tavarua Island, Fiji. The wonder twins were only 16 years old at the time, but were demonstrating a tube prowess well beyond their years. So it really shouldn’t surprise us that the Hobgood twins both dominated their opening round heats today.
Today, the Hobgoods are hardly ever hyped, but they certainly should be when it comes to the tropical leg of the tour, since this is where they’ve historically kicked ass. Damien, you’ll recall, is a two-time winner at Tavi. He’s also won at Teahupoo in Tahiti. CJ has won in Tahiti, but the Tavarua victory has eluded him despite several strong performances. He finished runner-up to Kelly Slater in 2008.
While there haven’t been a lot of Hobgood headlines of late, something tells me that may change this week.