Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Wildcard Mason Ho

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Wildcard Mason Ho 2015

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Wildcard Mason Ho 2015

Bells Beach wildcard Mason Ho

Rip Curl has announced that Mason Ho will join the top 34 at Bells Beach.

Hawaii’s Mason Ho is preparing to take on the world’s best next week at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Australia, as the recipient of the 2015 Rip Curl wildcard. -more-

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Groundswell’s Pundit Picks

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Groundswell’s Pundit Picks 2015

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Groundswell's Pundit Picks 2015

Groundswell’s detailed write-up

Groundswell, the Fantasy Surfer forum moderator, lays down his Hot & Cold Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach pundit picks for 2015. For his detailed write-ups and other WSL contest picks, check out his forum posts.

HOT: Fanning, Jordy, Toledo

COLD: Simpson, Jadson, Freddy-P

BOOM OR BUST: Dusty, JJF, Banting

CAUTION: Parko, Slater, Goofyfoots

– Groundswell -more-

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Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Seeds & Heat Draw

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Seeds & Heat Draw 2015

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Seeds & Heat Draw 2015Here are the seeds and R1 heat draws (row=heat) heading in to the 2015 WSL Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.

1. Gabriel Medina 24. Matt Banting 36. wildcard
2. Mick Fanning 23. Fred Patacchia 35. wildcard
3. John John Florence 22. Italo Ferreira 34. CJ Hobgood
4. Kelly Slater 21. Sebastian Zietz 33. Ricardo Christie
5. Adriano De Souza 20. Kai Otton 32. Brett Simpson
6. Taj Burrow 19. Wiggolly Dantas 31. Jeremy Flores
7. Jordy Smith 18. Adrian Buchan 30. Keanu Asing
8. Michel Bourez 17. Nat Young 29. Dusty Payne
9. Joel Parkinson 16. Miguel Pupo 28. Glenn Hall
10. Josh Kerr 15. Bede Durbidge 27. Adam Melling
11. Filipe Toledo 14. Owen Wright 26. Jadson Andre
12. Julian Wilson 13. Kolohe Andino 25. Matt Wilkinson

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: Ross Williams’ Pundit Picks

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: Ross Williams’ Pundit Picks 2015

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: Ross Williams' Pundit Picks 2015

Ross Williams’ picks

Ross Williams gives his start ‘em, sit ‘em list for the 2015 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast at Snapper or Kirra.

Start ‘Em: JJF, Julian, Dusty
Sit ‘Em: ADS, Freddy-P, CJ
Darkhorse: Banting

Snapper Rocks is a perfect example of why picking winners come with nuances. Sure, the wave is epic, but it doesn’t exactly lend itself to everyone’s strengths. It has a camouflaged takeoff zone in that it’s difficult to pick the right wave. The difference between the second and third wave in a set can be the difference between a midrange score and a 10!

Not every wave hits the sand perfectly and that’s where the locals have an advantage. The wave is tough to read. Surfers need to know when to speed up and slow down, when to hammer a turn and when to tuck into a pit. The wave demands your attention and makes you pay if you have poor timing or if you use a forced rhythm. Tides are also a huge influence at Snapper. Many surfers will — or at least they should — have two types of boards with them on the Gold Coast: One for high tide, which can be fat and mushy, and one for low tide, which is dredged-out with very little room in the pocket.

– Ross Williams -more-

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Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: Jimmicane’s Pundit Picks

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: Jimmicane’s Pundit Picks 2015

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: Jimmicane's Pundit Picks 2015

Jimmicane’s Passion Picks

Surfing Magazine’s Jimmicane gives his passion picks for the 2015 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast at Snapper or Kirra.

Pick ‘em
The Elite: Fanning, Parko
The Grinders: Kolohe, Owen, Julian, Toledo
The Strugglers: Dusty, Ferreira

Maybe consider
The Elite: Medina
The Grinders: Nat
The Strugglers: Wilko

If you’re playing a game of word association and the topic is the Gold Coast, I’ll be damned if the first thing out of your mouth isn’t Mick Fanning. Kelly might be Pipeline Jesus — and he’s certainly Cloudbreak Jesus — but Mick is officially Superbank Jesus.

– Jimmicane -more-

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Five WSL Championship Tour Title Threats

Five WSL Championship Tour Title Threats 2015

Five WSL Championship Tour Title Threats 2015

Five stealthy world title threats

Brian Roddy lists five surfers flying under the radar for the 2015 WSL Championship Tour title.

Forget about the obvious frontrunners for a moment, here’s five challengers flying under the radar.

1. Julian Wilson
2. Filipe Toledo
3. Dusty Payne
4. Owen Wright
5. Kelly Slater

– Brian Roddy -more-

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Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks 2015

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks 2015

Shea’s detailed write-up

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks his team for the 2015 contest at Snapper or Kirra.

If there’s one thing you need to know about Snapper Rocks, it’s that sand is paramount. The bars that give rise to Snapper’s perfection are the child of the Tweed River dredge pipe that dumps sand just up the point. Throw in an east-southeast swell and you’re left with one of the most mesmerizing waves in the world. However, just what these sandbars will look like when the World Tour opens up shop is the big question. Last week, Cyclone Marcia lit up the coast with perfect conditions, but did she wash away the banks in the process or are we in for a treat? Right now, my fingers are crossed. With that in mind, I’d like to note that I’ve picked the surfers on my team based on their ability to shine whether they’re threading dredging Kirra tubes or toying with playful Snapper Rocks.

– Shea Lopez -more-

Joel Parkinson $9,250,000
Taj Burrow $8,500,000
Kolohe Andino $8,000,000
Julian Wildon $7,000,000
Filipe Toledo $6,500,000
Keanu Asing $3,500,000
Dusty Payne $3,500,000
Ricardo Christie $3,000,000

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Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: Nick Carroll’s Preview

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: Nick Carroll’s Preview 2014

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: Nick Carroll's Preview 2014

Nick Carroll’s preview

Nick Carroll takes a look at the veterans, the rookies and who to keep an eye on at Snapper.

Parko (6), Kolohe (11), Owen (12), Julian (14) and Filipe (17) all seem like they’re currently seeded a tiny bit below their potential at this event. If they get to round three’s re-seeding, they’ll probably pull guys well within their range. Simpo, CJ and Micro are at the other end and will instantly draw some hot shot or other. This stuff tends to work itself out during a WCT year but it throws a curve into the Quik Pro every time, this year perhaps more than most.

Personally, aside from the above, I’m gonna be watching the surprise package guys: Ricardo Christie, Matt Banting, Filipe, and Keanu Asing. Christie has one of the best power surfing styles to come along in years, Banting’s relaxed enough to get past the rookie nerves, Keanu’s a muscly little fella and Filipe might build a world title run base in 2015. And I’m gonna watch Kelly and Mick because how can you not.

– Nick Carroll -more-