See you there.
The ASP World Tour is turning more and more into "Days of Our Lives."
With Kelly Slater and Bobby Martinez missing from the field for the Billabong Pro at Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, and the iconic Dane Reynolds yet to surf a single event this year, there's plenty of questions surrounding this year's tour.
At least one thing remained the same: Jordy Smith defended last year's title by beating former two-time world champion Mick Fanning in messy 4- to 6-foot waves in the final.
Joel Parkinson and Adrian Buchan made the semifinals.
Big congratulations go out to Carissa Moore, who has wrapped up her first world title and become the youngest woman to ever do so.
Beginning Saturday, the action comes to Huntington Beach with the U.S. Open of Surfing. Huntington's own Brett Simpson is going for a three-peat and looking ahead at a pretty dismal surf forecast.
With his knowledge of the Huntington Beach Pier, he's my favorite to win yet again, but I wouldn't be surprised to see an Brazilian aerial wizard holding up the first-place check this year.
JAMES PRIBRAM is a Laguna Beach native, professional surfer and John Kelly Environmental Award winner. He can be reached at Jamo@Aloha SchoolofSurfing.com.