At chopes it's more about the wave. It's so concave that they say a smaller board fits better in the barrel. The bigger the board the easier it is to pearl.
Guys that ride big boards at pipe don't at teaupoo
Yeah, the board has to fit the curl of the wave. If you have bionic shoulders, a 6' 0" should be perfect on medium Choopes. 20 lb brass cohones will get you over the ledge and down the wave.
Seriously, you need confidence. Kevin Bourez is still in the hospital with a fractured skull. I can't even imagine what that must have felt like. Hopefully Michel will use that to drive him to victory. He deserves it. Totally humble guy from what I can gather.