I just read the article Tanner had with tator about his comeback from micro-fracture surgery and his current training outlook for the year and I'm just wondering how everything thinks he is going to fair with all of the new up and comers riding Pipe like its never been riden before.
He stated that he'll be underground training Pipe for the next year and compete in the New Zealand Open a year from now and "drop a bomb on the world." Yes, I know Tanner is probably the most epic Pipe skier of all time, but times have changed since he's been in the ring. Kevin Rowland, Bertoni, Torin-Wallace...I mean to name a few of these young bucks who aren't the slightest bit intimidated by Tanner. Yeah the guy's gonna work his but off, but I wouldn't be surprised if he doesnt't even qualify for the 2014 Olympic team. Personally, there are just too many guys in this sport now that are working just as hard as him and only focusing on Pipe (just like him) that have age on their side.
I don't see Tanner making waves in the future like he thinks, and if he does he's going to have to go with through Kevin Rolland to hold that crown again....which is a pretty steep feat considering how solid Kev is riding these days. Anyone else have any thoughts on Tanner's comeback to Pipe and how he might hold up with the new generation of Pipe skiers?