Bruno is a good guy, he spent a lot of time at our beach in San Francisco getting ready for the world championships, but....Sean Farley won the worlds with Chip Wasson in 2nd. Doesn't that make Sean "world champion 2009"?
Sean Farley is an incredible, amazing rider and he rides what to me are the best racing boards available (NJS), so is Mr. Wasson and most the riders from the SF crew could compete and get top places at highest level in any race they entered.
But all through the season Messieur Bruno Sroka has swept all his competitors in light and strong winds, short and long courses, flat and wavy seas, small and big fleets. He has demonstrated he is the most polivalent racer, not to talk his/Rista's contribution to racing board development.
In fact the only competition he has not won has been the San Fran "Worlds". About the fact he had spent a lot of time traning at SF, I think he entered 2 or 3 races sooner in the season (and he swept them all, btw, against Wasson, Farley and all the others) but he arrived to the "Worlds" just the night before the races did begin (same for J. Richman, Hanel, Boese, Bridge, etc,...)
So, imho, and never never never never aiming to steal any merit to Farley, who (again) is an AMAZING, INCREDIBLE, VERY VERY FAST rider and a very cool and humble guy..... let's give to Caesar what is Caesar's.
From my point of view, and taking into consideration the whole season's results, Sean Farley has won the "2009 San Francisco Worlds" but Bruno Sroka is 2009 World Champion.