Mike Parsons joins the podcast to break down the Rip Curl WSL Finals. He details the ideal conditions at Lower Trestles, looks back at his time working as a contest director and dealing with the pressure of making the call to run, and shares his thoughts on equipment, seeding, and momentum in the World Title-deciding event. He discusses his current role as a coach and manager for some of the biggest names in surfing, from WSL Final 5 surfer Kanoa Igarashi to CT competitors Lakey Peterson and Kolohe Andino to Big Wave superstar Kai Lenny and more. He talks about the 2022 Championship Tour season, the intense pressure at Margaret River, the "huge exhale" at G-Land, the impact of the new format, the historic moments for the women at Pipeline and Teahupo'o, Kelly Slater's unforgettable win at Pipe, and what to expect in seasons to come. To finish up, Snips goes into coach mode and breaks down the greatest strengths of each Rip Curl WSL Finals contender.
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