For me it is Sebastian Kienle. He embodies all the traits that I loved while competing in this sport and his attitude is refreshing. He got to the top of the mountain and yet wants/needs that view again, but is ok with the climb along the way. With all his success he has felt the intense need to give something back, donating $30k of his hard earned dollars to keep the Kona pools going and free.
On the Womens side I would love to see Heather Jackson win. I have watched her since the beginning when she did Hawaii for the first time as an AG'er. Hell, I was her first agent! I got an email from some guy I didn't know saying he had an extra bedroom he would share to some athlete in need, and somehow Heather's name came across my emails and I facilitated the connection. But beyond that it has been a pleasure to watch her hard fought battle for the past decade to get to where she is now. Some success along the way to keep motivated, but really a journeyman of the sport working for every second of gains in the sport.
Gonna be a tough road for both of them this Saturday, but as we know anything can happen in Kona and someone has to be there at the end to collect the top prize..