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The theatre of competition provides a limited stage to reveal someone's personality, yet in pro sport that's all we have - well that and promotional pieces carefully curated by sponsors.
The heroes image is pieced together from snippets and shadows.
With pro surfing on hiatus, 2020 has drawn back the curtain ever so slightly on the CT surfer's lives. How have chose to spend their time outside of competition says much of the people they are.
Kelly, the middle-age Peter Pan unemcumbered by family, is using his free time to chase waves across the globe, same as it was thirty years ago, same as it always will be, or so it seems.
Gabriel refused to compete in a contest that featured every other Brazilian pro of repute.
Italo, the defending world champ, thrilled the groms of Baia Formosa with an extended stay, then won the aforementioned Brazil contest, following it up with a win in the French Rendezvous.
And two-time world champ John John? Well, he didn't compete at the Rumble at the Ranch and went sailing instead...