Rip Curl Pro Portugal Pundit Picks: The Blind Team

Rip Curl Pro Portugal Pundit Picks: The Blind Team 2014

Rip Curl Pro Portugal Pundit Picks: The Blind Team 2014

Surfer stats

Shea Lopez, Derek Rielly, Nick Carroll, Ross Williams, Groundswell and the other pundits offer great insight into the surfers when offering their pundit picks. We do it differently. For our Fantasy Surfer pundit picks, we look at the numbers and not the surfers’ names. We go in blind. For Portugal, the Blind Team is picked based on past results in the European leg. For our personal club teams, we pick based on our guts and who we think are in form, but for these picks below, we remove all of the mind games. Here you go. Take it for what it’s worth. The Rip Curl Pro Portugal Pundit Picks: The Blind Team.

Team Portugal Avg pts (euro waves*)
John John Florence $6,750,000 141
Joel Parkinson $10,250,000 136
Julian Wilson $6,000,000 122
Kai Otton $5,500,000 113
Filipe Toledo $4,000,000 110
Owen Wright $6,000,000 104
Jadson Andre $4,500,000 98
Kolohe Andino $7,000,000 95
Total: $50,000,000 919
*euro waves: France 2012/2013/2014, Portugal 2012/2013
Past results wave type FS Points FS Rank
Team France euro 709 #23,212
Team Trestles performance 891 #3,558
Team Teahupo’o barrels 822 #11,818
Team J-Bay power 843 #1,559
Team Fiji barrels 600 #26,727
Team Rio performance 837 #1,044
Team Bells power 710 #17,472
Team Margs performance 840 #1,033

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Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Pundit Picks Jimmicane

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Pundit Picks Jimmicane 2014

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Pundit Picks Jimmicane 2014

Jimmicane’s Passion Picks

Surfing Magazine’s Jimmicane gives his passion picks for the 2014 Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal at Supertubos.

Pick ‘em
The Elite: JJF, Slater
The Grinders: Jordy, Pupo, Nat, Julian
The Strugglers: Dion, Artiz

Skeptical
The Elite: Median
The Grinders: CJ
The Strugglers: Raoni

John Florence. Gabriel Medina’s future worst nightmare might start sooner than he’d think. This will be the next truly great rivalry in surfing, and goddamn have we needed one for a while! After stumbling out of the gates, Johnathan struck like a cobra — 3rd, 2nd and 1st in the past three events. He’s now a long shot to win the World Title and if nothing else, act as spoiler. If you haven’t seen the episode of #TOURNOTES where JJF candidly expresses his feelings toward Medina, I highly suggest you give it a look. Slater asks, “If we both make the final you better let me win. I need some points.” Johnny responds with, “I just might. Just because…” …because he does not like Medina. Why? Because all Gabriel does is win, and sometimes when he does not win, he cries. Meanwhile all JJF does is surf, and surf better than anyone in this world ever has. He’s clearly better than Medina but as you know, the best surfer does not always place 1st.

– Jimmicane -more-

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Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Pundit Picks Ross Williams

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Pundit Picks Ross Williams 2014

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Pundit Picks Ross Williams 2014

Ross William’s picks

Ross Williams gives his start ‘em, sit ‘em list for the 2014 Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal at Supertubos.

Start ‘Em: JJF, Julian, Logie
Sit ‘Em: Bourez, Otton, Melling
Darkhorse: Dion

When I’m picking my Fantasy lineup, the first thing I look at is the wave. Supertubos is pretty similar to Hossegor. So, do you bother changing your team? If you believe in momentum and the power of confidence you better do some shuffling. The punchy beachbreak in Portugal will provide tubes and ramps, but it won’t show mercy for the mentally fragile. Here’s my take on who is rolling through the European leg with a big smile and a ton of moxie.

– Ross Williams -more-

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Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Pundit Picks Shea Lopez

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Pundit Picks Shea Lopez 2014

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Pundit Picks Shea Lopez 2014

Shea’s detailed write-up

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal pundit Shea Lopez picks his team for the 2014 contest at Supertubos.

While the Top 34 trek from France to Portugal, a rather large storm is pulling together directly into the swell window for Supertubes. For Kelly Slater, the large swell should allow an easier path to the final and a continued shrinking of Medina’s lead going into Pipeline. But don’t count out the dark horses in this event. The bottom half of the ratings are fighting tooth and nail to earn another year on Tour. These surfers could prove to be incredibly dangerous and could spell all kinds of trouble for Medina, who’s trying to keep Slater at bay and claim his first world title.

– Shea Lopez -more-

Kelly Slater $12,250,000
John John Florence $9,250,000
Kai Otton $5,500,000
CJ Hobgood $5,000,000
Freddy Patacchia $5,000,000
Bede Durbidge $4,250,000
Jeremy Flores $3,250,000
Tiago Pires $3,250,000

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Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Past Results 2010-2013

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Past Results 2010-2013

Here are the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal past results and winners from 2010-2013.

Winner Runner-up Semis Quarters R5
2013 Kai Otton Nat Young Joel Parkinson
Josh Kerr
CJ Hobgood
Jordy Smith
Julian Wilson
Mick Fanning
John John Florence
Matt Wilkinson
Miguel Pupo
Taj Burrow
2012 Julian Wilson Gabriel Medina Adriano De Souza
Joel Parkinson
Jeremy Flores
John John Florence
Josh Kerr
Owen Wright
Adrian Buchan
Kolohe Andino
Mick Fanning
Raoni Monterio
2011 Adriano De Souza Kelly Slater Bede Burbidge
Taj Burrow
Heitor Alves
Joel Parkinson
Julian Wilson
Michel Bourez
Chris Davidson
Damien Hobgood
Fred Patacchia
John John Florence
2010 Kelly Slater Jordy Smith Chris Davidson
Jeremy Flores
Adrian Buchan
Damien Hobgood
Owen Wright
Pat Gudauskas
Matt Wilkinson
Michel Bourez
Travis Logie

Rip Curl Pro Portugal Seeds

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Seeds 2014

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Seeds 2014Here are the seeds and R1 heat draws (row=heat) heading in to the 2014 Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal.

1. Gabriel Medina 24. Kai Otton 36. Jacob Willcox
2. Kelly Slater 23. Matt Wilkinson 35. Nic Von Rupp
3. Mick Fanning 22. Sebastian Zietz 34. Raoni Monteiro
4. Joel Parkinson 21. CJ Hobgood 33. Jeremy Flores
5. John John Florence 20. Jadson Andre 32. Brett Simpson
6. Taj Burrow 19. Fred Patacchia 31. Travis Logie
7. Michel Bourez 18. Filipe Toledo 30. Artiz Aranburu
8. Adriano De Souza 17. Julian Wilson 29. Alejo Muniz
9. Jordy Smith 16. Adrian Buchan 28. Mitch Crews
10. Kolohe Andino 15. Miguel Pupo 27. Adam Melling
11. Josh Kerr 14. Bede Durbidge 26. Dion Atkinson
12. Owen Wright 13. Nat Young 25. Tiago Pires

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Wildcard Jacob Willcox

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Wildcard Jacob Willcox 2014

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Wildcard Jacob Willcox 2014Jacob Willcox, the 17 year old from Western Australia, received the Rip Curl wildcard spot for the 2014 Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal. He will face Gabriel Medina in Round 1. In the same contest last year, Jacob won his Round 1 heat against Kelly Slater and Kolohe Andino before being knocked out by Mick Fanning in Round 3.