Here Comes the Youth Brigade
Mahatma Gandhi once said, "Healthy discontent is the prelude to progress." This rings true in surfing, where the desire to always push forward is ever-present, and the performances ever barrier pushing. Alejo Muniz, 21st-century power grab.
Patriarch of the youth brigade, every move Dane Reynolds makes is studied, scrutinized, and eventually regurgitated in some way, shape or form. A couple of years removed from life on tour, Reynolds' surfing is as fresh and vital as ever.
John John Florence
Coming of age at Pipe, John John Florence's North Shore prowess far exceeds any of his peers. But he also spends more time at the skatepark than anybody else, which has made him lethal in the air.
Just because one spins does not mean they lack power. Julian Wilson might argue the exact opposite in fact. Sticking a big rotator like this requires plenty of strength and athletic ability.
Class clown no longer, Matty Wilkinson has elevated what it means to be a goofy-footer on tour. With big tail-blows and a loose, go-for-broke style he's posted some solid results recently, while not having to sacrifice any of the entertainment value.
Kolohe Andino has actually grown into his surfing in the last year. When he first went on tour 12 months ago he was a relatively skinny 18-year-old. But he's filled out, and with the added muscle his airs, turns and tube-riding have improved dramatically.
Injuries to both Gabe Medina and John John Florence at the Quiksilver Pro put a bit of a damper on the start of the 2013 ASP World Tour, but as limits get pushed so goes the human body.
While elevation and rotation are key components to today's performance surfing, the technicality of one's grab garners a lot of style points too. Brett Simpson with a lien in Mexico.
Proving that power can be progressive, Michel Bourez is a force to be reckoned with. When a guy like Martin Potter says he's "the most powerful surfer on tour" it means something. Expect to see a lot more of him this year.
Representing Kauai, Sebastian Zietz came up watching Bruce and Andy Irons, Dustin Barca, Danny Fuller and Reef McIntosh. A wide array of talents, he's cherry-picked the best of all of them and turned it into a potent formula for success.
Bred on Santa Cruz's myriad right points, Nat Young's backhand is not to be trifled with. A heady amalgamation of power and progressive surfing, he's another goofy-footer that's having a very big impact on the sport at the moment.