We’re not sure if JJF feels any nerves, he’s a pretty steely cat. But if there are any butterflies flapping beneath the nonchalant exterior as he readies to defend his world title in his own backyard, you can bet they’re as big as they’ve ever been.

The one thing John has on his side is the home court advantage. He knows the North Shore better than anyone else on tour. This was fully evident when a strange lump of sand showed up at Insanities and began dishing up big, round and unpredictable caverns. John paddled out and put on a flawless clinic. Simultaneously putting everyone in the title race on notice, this is his domain and the kid didn’t come to play.