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-

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: Past Results 2011-2014

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: Past Results 2011-2014

Here are the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast past results and winners from 2011-2014 at Snapper and Kirra.

Winner Runner-up Semis Quarters R5
2014 Gabriel Medina Joel Parkinson Adriano De Souza
Taj Burrow
CJ Hobgood
Kelly Slater
Mick Fanning
Miguel Pupo
Fred Patacchia
Josh Kerr
Mitch Crews
Nat Young
2013 Kelly Slater Joel Parkinson Michel Bourez
Mick Fanning
Bede Durbidge
Julian Wilson
Matt Wilkinson
Taj Burrow
Adam Melling
Brett Simpson
Jeremy Flores
Travis Logie
2012 Taj Burrow Adriano De Souza Jordy Smith
Josh Kerr
Adrian Buchan
Joel Parkinson
Kelly Slater
Owen Wright
Heitor Alves
Julian Wilson
Michel Bourez
Miguel Pupo
2011 Kelly Slater Taj Burrow Jordy Smith
Tiago Pires
Alejo Muniz
Brett Simpson
Dusty Payne
Matt Wilkinson
Adrian Buchan
Adriano De Souza
Joel Parkinson
Michel Bourez

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Seeds & Heat Draw

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Seeds & Heat Draw 2015

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Seeds & Heat Draw 2015Here are the seeds and R1 heat draws (row=heat) heading in to the 2015 WSL Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast.

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

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Pundit Picks Groundswell

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Pundit Picks Groundswell 2015

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Pundit Picks Groundswell 2015

Groundswell’s detailed write-up

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

HOT: Fanning, Parko, Medina

COLD: Hall, Simpson, Flores

BOOM OR BUST: Dusty, Ricardo, JJF

CAUTION: Jordy, ADS, Taj

– Groundswell -more-

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Groundswell’s 2015 WSL Championship Tour Predictions

Groundswell’s 2015 WSL Championship Tour Predictions

Groundswell's 2015 WSL Championship Tour PredictionsGroundswell, the Fantasy Surfer forum moderator, lays down his predictions for the 2015 World Surf League Championship Tour. Below is a list of his predicted top 10. For his detailed write-ups, check out his forum post.

1. John John Florence 6. Kelly Slater
2. Julian Wilson 7. Joel Parkinson
3. Mick Fanning 8. Owen Wright
4. Kolohe Andino 9. Taj Burrow
5. Gabriel Medina 10. Filipe Toledo

– Groundswell -more-

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