He’s one of the greatest athletes in any sport, he has dominated surfing like no man has ever before him nor are they likely to in the future. Despite being in his early forties he continues to step up his performance levels to match the likes of John john Florence, and is the most formidable of competitors.
After just losing out on the world title last year, he is hungrier than ever. If he had of won it, it’s unlikely he would have done a full year on tour this year, but that defeat just stoked the fire.
He is lethal at Snapper or Kirra, he brings his A game to this event every year as is proved in his record. If Kelly is after world title number 12, and there is everything to suggest he is, then this is where he will draw a line in the sand. He’s our favourite to win this event and the world tour.