Billabong Pipe Masters: Seeds & Heat Draw

Billabong Pipe Masters: Seeds & Heat Draw 2015

Billabong Pipe Masters: Seeds & Heat DrawHere are the seeds and R1 heat draws (row=heat) heading in to the 2015 Billabong Pipe Masters, the 11th and final stop of the WSL Championship Tour.

H6: 1. Mick Fanning 24. Sebastian Zietz 36. Bruce Irons
H5: 2. Filipe Toledo 23. Kolohe Andino 35. Jamie O’Brien
H4: 3. Adriano De Souza 22. Michel Bourez 34. Jack Robinson
H3: 4. Gabriel Medina 21. Keanu Asing 33. Wade
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H2: 5. Owen Wright 20. Jadson Andre 32. Dusty Payne
H1: 6. Italo Ferreira 19. Adrian Buchan 31. Glenn Hall
H7: 7. Julian Wilson 18. Kai Otton 30. Ricardo Christie
H8: 8. Jeremy Flores 17. Matt Wilkinson 29. Jordy Smith
H9: 9. Kelly Slater 16. Taj Burrow 28. CJ Hobgood
H10: 10. Nat Young 15. John John Florence 27. Brett Simpson
H11: 11. Bede Durbidge 14. Wiggolly Dantas 26. Adam Melling
H12: 12. Josh Kerr 13. Joel Parkinson 25. Miguel Pupo

Billabong Pipe Masters: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks

Billabong Pipe Masters: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks 2015

Billabong Pipe Masters: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks 2015

Shea’s picks

Billabong Pipe Masters: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks his fantasy team for the 11th and final stop on the 2015 WSL Championship Tour.

As the 2015 season comes to a close and the collective focus of the surfing world shifts toward Pipeline, we’re left with a bevy of World Title scenarios and a solid near-term forecast. The early rounds of the event are sure to pack fireworks as competitors gunning for requalification stare down World Title contenders. As a venue, Pipe is our coliseum, and the World Tour surfers are our gladiators. To do well here, you’ll have to be ferocious, calculating, and ready to push yourself over the ledge. It’s this mindset that has set the tone for my Fantasy team.

– Shea Lopez -more-

Kelly Slater $10,000,000
Owen Wright $9,250,000
Italo Ferreira $7,750,000
Josh Kerr $7,500,000
John John Florence $6,250,000
Wiggolly Dantas $4,750,000
Dusty Payne $3,000,000
Bruce Irons $1,500,000

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Billabong Pipe Masters: Ross Williams Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

Billabong Pipe Masters: Ross Williams Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em 2015

Billabong Pipe Masters: Ross Williams Start 'Em, Sit 'Em 2015

Ross Williams’ picks

Ross Williams gives his start ’em, sit ’em fantasy pundit pick list for the 2015 Billabong Pipe Masters, the 11th and final stop on the WSL Championship Tour.

Start ‘Em: Medina, JJF, CJ
Sit ‘Em: Toledo, Wilko, Hall
Darkhorse: Bruce Irons

With a great forecast on offer we should see a traditional looking lineup at Pipe and heavy Pipe favors brave surfers. I’m looking to load up my team with guys who love to put themselves right under the hood at Pipe, maximizing the surf with nothing but evil little smirks on their faces.

The men who can comfortably put themselves in the right spot when those thick slabs come marching in from second reef will be marching through heats. Plus, true Pipe Masters are able match guts with technique. The big winners will comfortably slide down the face and tuck into the barrel with the lip chasing them down. These are the players you want on your team when the waves are pumping at Pipeline.

– Ross Williams -more-

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Billabong Pipe Masters: Past Results 2010-2014

Billabong Pipe Masters: Past Results 2010-2014

Here are the Billabong Pipe Masters winners and past results from 2010-2014.

Winner Runner-up Semis Quarters R5
2014 Julian Wilson Gabriel Medina Josh Kerr
Adrian Buchan
Filipe Toledo
John John Florence
Alejo Muniz
Kai Otton
Owen Wright
Michel Bourez
Mick Fanning
Sebastian Zietz
2013 Kelly Slater John John Florence Joel Parkinson
Mick Fanning
Yadin Nicol
Julian Wilson
Sebastian Zietz
Miguel Pupo
CJ Hobgood
Nat Young
Kai Otton
Jeremy Flores
2012 Joel Parkinson Josh Kerr Damien Hobgood
Kelly Slater
Sebastian Zietz
CJ Hobgood
Yadin Nicol
Shane Dorian
Kieren Perrow
Dane Reynolds
Gabriel Medina
Miguel Pupo
2011 Kieren Perrow Joel Parkinson Kelly Slater
Michel Bourez
Jamie O’Brien
John John Florence
Evan Valiere
Gabriel Medina
CJ Hobgood
Kalani Chapman
Taj Burrow
Shane Dorian
2010 Jeremy Flores Kieren Perrow Kelly Slater
Dane Reynolds
Owen Wright
Adrian Buchan
Jordy Smith
Taylor Knox
Taj Burrow
Bede Durbidge
Dusty Payne
Damien Hobgood

Billabong Pipe Masters: The Race for the Title

Billabong Pipe Masters: The Race for the Title 2015

Billabong Pipe Masters: The Race for the Title 2015It all comes down to Pipe! As we enter the 11th and final stop on the WLS Championship Tour for 2015, Mick Fanning has the lead and is arguably the favorite to take the title. But five other contenders are still in the chase: Filipe Toledo, Adriano De Souza, Gabriel Medina, Owen Wright, and Julian Wilson. Here’s what they will need to do to beat Mick and clinch the title:

If Mick finishes 25th/13th at Pipe:
– Owen & Julian will need a 1st
– Medina will need a 3rd or better
– ADS will need a 9th or better
– Toledo will need a 13th or better

If Mick finishes 9th:
– Medina will need a 1st
– ADS will need a 5th or better
– Toledo will need a 9th or better

If Mick finishes 5th:
– Medina will need a 1st
– ADS will need a 3rd or better
– Toledo will need a 5th or better

If Mick finishes 3rd:
– ADS will need a 2nd or better
– Toledo will need a 3rd or better

If Mick finishes 2nd:
– ADS will need a 1st
– Toledo will need a 1st

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Seeds & Heat Draw

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Seeds & Heat Draw 2015

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Seeds & Heat Draw 2015Here are the seeds and R1 heat draws (row=heat) heading in to the 2015 WSL Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal, the second event of the Euro leg.

H6: 1. Mick Fanning 24. Sebastian Zietz 36. Tiago Pires
H5: 2. Adriano De Souza 23. Kolohe Andino 35. Frederico Morais
H4: 3. Owen Wright 22. Michel Bourez 34. Vasco Ribeiro
H3: 4. Julian Wilson 21. Keanu Asing 33. Caio Ibelli
H2: 5. Gabriel Medina 20. Miguel Pupo 32. Mason Ho
H1: 6. Filipe Toledo 19. Jadson Andre 31. Tomas Hermes
H7: 7. Kelly Slater 18. Adrian Buchan 30. Aritz Aranburu
H8: 8. Italo Ferreira 17. Joel Parkinson 29. Brett Simpson
H9: 9. Jeremy Flores 16. Matt Wilkinson 28. Ricardo Christie
H10: 10. Nat Young 15. Kai Otton 27. Glen Hall
H11: 11. Bede Durbidge 14. John John Florence 26. CJ Hobgood
H12: 12. Josh Kerr 13. Wiggolly Dantas 25. Adam Melling

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Ross Williams Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Ross Williams Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em 2015

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Ross Williams Start 'Em, Sit 'Em 2015

Ross Williams’ picks

Ross Williams gives his start ’em, sit ’em pundit pick list for the 2015 Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal, the 10th stop on the WSL Championship Tour.

Start ‘Em: Medina, Kolohe, Mason
Sit ‘Em: Slater, Parko, Ricardo
Darkhorse: Ibelli

Supertubos is the ultimate platform for barrel riders and punt specialists. A steep shorebreak that resembles Stradbroke Island (Australia) or Pascuales (Mexico). Past winners include Mick Fanning, Julian Wilson, Kai Otton, Adriano de Souza and Kelly Slater. What do all these surfers have in common? They are all fast, light and resilient. They surf like gazelles. They approach the vert ramps with aggression and quickness. They adjust to Portugal’s simultaneously exciting yet constricting pockets for waves.

Now, before you go locking in your players based on this, keep in mind that the current forecast looks a bit small so the backup site of Belgas could come into play. Located on the other side of the peninsula, this beachbreak behaves quite different from Supertubos. Popular with the local surfers, this fun stretch of waves still lends itself well to the nimble, but it definitely provides a bit more breathing room for the big fellas to move. Like France, there are tides and ever-shifting sandbars to consider as well.

– Ross Williams -more-

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Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks 2015

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks 2015

Shea’s picks

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks his team for the 10th stop on the WSL Championship Tour.

With the world title now a two-horse race between Mick and Adriano (with Mick my likely pick to become world champion come season’s end), my focus will be on the surfers looking to make a statement for 2016. As a venue, Supertubos can be as challenging as any lineup in the world, breaking mere feet from the most enthusiastic crowd of surf fans found outside of Brazil. Current forecasts show some impressive swell tracking towards Supertubes, so pick your team accordingly.

– Shea Lopez -more-

Gabriel Medina $12,500,000
Josh Kerr $7,500,000
Joel Parkinson $7,500,000
Tiago Pires $1,500,000
Nat Young $7,250,000
Adrian Buchan $5,750,000
Mason Ho $1,500,000
John John Florence $6,750,000

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Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Groundswell’s Hot & Cold Picks

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Groundswell’s Hot & Cold Picks 2015

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Groundswell's Hot & Cold Picks 2015

Groundswell’s detailed write-up

Groundswell, the Fantasy Surfer forum moderator, lays down his Hot & Cold Portugal pundit picks for 2015. For his detailed write-ups and other WSL Championship Tour contest picks, check out his forum posts.

HOT: Mick, Julian, Medina

COLD: Toledo, Parko, Kerr

BOOM OR BUST: JJF, Ace, Otton

CAUTION: Slater, Tiago, Unknown wildcards

– Groundswell -more-

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