Contemplate the ridiculousness of the above image for just a second. Run briefly through your mind what would happen next if it were you in that same situation. Be honest with yourself. Now carry on reading. The WSL have put forward their three nominations for the best heat of 2014, and if you feel passionately enough about it you can vote here for the winner, which will be officially announced at the WSL Awards on the 25th February. The three heats they’ve chosen seem to us the right ones, but is there really any argument to be had about which one was the best? John John put on perhaps the year’s best performance at Trestles, and the Pipe Masters final between Gabes and Jools would probably be a shoe-in any other year, but John John’s and Kelly’s semi-final in Tahiti was on a whole ‘nother level entirely.
Still, even if the winner’s a foregone conclusion, it’s fun to watch the highlights of the three heats back-to-back. Note how Florence and Slater feature together in two of the three, and how something stratospherically good tends to happen whenever the two of them meet in competition.