J-Bay Open: Groundswell’s Hot & Cold Picks

J-Bay Open: Groundswell’s Hot & Cold Picks 2015

J-Bay Open: Groundswell's Hot & Cold Picks 2015

Groundswell’s detailed write-up

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

HOT: Mick, Parko, Bourez

COLD: CJ, Medina, ADS

BOOM OR BUST: JJF, Jordy, Dusty

CAUTION: Flores

– Groundswell -more-

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J-Bay Open: Seeds & Heat Draw

J-Bay Open: Seeds & Heat Draw 2015

J-Bay Open: Seeds & Heat Draw 2015Here are the seeds and R1 heat draws (row=heat) heading in to the 2015 WSL J-Bay Open.

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

J-Bay Open: Past Results 2010-2014

J-Bay Open: Past Results 2010-2014

Here are the J-Bay Open past results and winners from 2010-2014. The Championship Tour did not stop at Jeffreys Bay in 2012 or 2013.

Winner Runner-up Semis Quarters R5
2014 Mick Fanning Joel Parkinson Matt Wilkinson
Owen Wright
Taj Burrow
Gabriel Medina
Adriano De Souza
Alejo Muniz
Josh Kerr
Kolohe Andino
CJ Hobgood
Fred Patacchia
2011 Jordy Smith Mick Fanning Ace Buchan
Joel Parkinson
Alejo Muniz
Damien Hobgood
Josh Kerr
Julian Wilson
Bede Durbidge
Daniel Ross
Adam Melling
Michel Bourez
2010 Jordy Smith Adam Melling Bede Durbidge
Taj Burrow
Adriano De Souza
Damien Hobgood
Dane Reynolds
Sean Holmes
Adrian Buchan
Owen Wright
Matt Wilkinson
Andy Irons

Fiji Pro: Jimmicane’s Passion Picks

Fiji Pro: Jimmicane’s Passion Picks 2015

Jimmicane's Passion Picks

Jimmicane’s Passion Picks

Surfing Magazine’s Jimmicane gives his passion picks for the 2015 Fiji Pro, the fifth stop on the WSL Championship Tour.

Pick ’em
The Elite: Nat, Fanning
The Grinders: Medina, Slater, Wiggolly, Taj
The Strugglers: Freddy-P, Dane

Maybe consider
The Elite: ADS
The Grinders: Pupo
The Strugglers: CJ

You should also consider Aritz Aranburu just for shits. How funny would if be if you did and he made the finals? You’d basically be Rainman. #worthit

– Jimmicane -more-

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Fiji Pro: Nick Carroll’s Picks

Fiji Pro: Nick Carroll’s Picks 2015

Nick's picks

Nick’s picks

Nick Carroll gives his pundit review of the Fiji Pro, the fifth stop on the WSL Championship Tour.

Momentum: Toledo, Wilko, Bede, Jadson, Ricardo
Experience: Mick, ADS, Parko, Flores, Medina
Experience++: Slater
Frothing: Pupo, Jadson, CJ, Seabass, Otton, Jay Davies
Likes: Kerr, Owen, Nat

Cloudbreak is probably the best WCT wave in the world, not as gladiatorial as Pipe maybe, or as fearsome as large Teahupo’o, but more open to a wide range of surfing styles; everyone’s got a shot, and many heats will come down to the fall of the set waves through priority. Armchair experts will be muttering about how the big older power guys will be putting it to the light-footed kids but we suspect it may turn out a bit more complex than that.

Who will? Like we said, anyone’s in with a shot. A great board or two may turn things. So might momentum. So might experience. So might froth.

– Nick Carroll -more-

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Fiji Pro: Seeds & Heat Draw

Fiji Pro: Seeds & Heat Draw 2015

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

update: Bourez (hand/back), JJF (ankle), Simpo (back) and Jordy (knee) have all withdrawn

H6: 1. Adriano De Souza 24. Adrian Buchan 36. Inia Nakalevu
H5: 2. Mick Fanning 23. Kai Otton 35. Aca Ravulo
H4: 3. Filipe Toledo 22. Ricardo Christie 34. Dane Reynolds
H3: 4. Josh Kerr 21. Wiggolly Dantas 33. Jay Davies
H2: 5. Taj Burrow 20. Matt Banting 32. Aritz Aranburu
H1: 6. Kelly Slater 19. Kolohe Andino 31. Alejo Muniz
H7: 7. Gabriel Medina 18. Jeremy Flores 30. CJ Hobgood
H8: 8. Owen Wright 17. Sebastian Zietz 29. Dusty Payne
H9: 9. Nat Young 16. Miguel Pupo 28. Glenn Hall
H10: 10. Julian Wilson 15. Jadson Andre 27. Adam Melling
H11: 11. Bede Durbidge 14. Matt Wilkinson 26. Keanu Asing
H12: 12. Joel Parkinson 13. Italo Ferreira 25. Fred Patacchia

Fiji Pro: Jordy Smith Withdraws

Fiji Pro: Jordy Smith Withdraws 2015

Fiji Pro: Jordy Smith Withdraws

Jordy withdraws

Jordy Smith has withdrawn from the Fiji Pro due to a knee injury. He joins John John Florence, Michel Bourez and Brett Simpson on the injured list.

Fiji Pro: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks

Fiji Pro: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks 2015

Fiji Pro: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks 2015

Shea’s detailed write-up

Fiji Pro: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks his team for the fifth stop on the WSL Championship Tour.

Once you’ve experienced it in person, the mesmerizing allure of Cloudbreak burns an indelible impression upon you. A kaleidoscope of colors and shapes, the waves there remind us that we are living in a world that must be seen to be believed. The waves can be so perfect that unseasoned competitors will often take on a deer-in-headlights look as they stare off into this heavenly setup. (If you haven’t guessed it by now, I enjoyed my time competing at the Fiji Pro more than any other stop on Tour.) For Kelly Slater, Owen Wright, and a few others, the options that span the vast expanse of Cloudbreak are easy to read and exploit to their liking. For others, drawing the right lines amid this pristine canvas can be more difficult than it appears.

– Shea Lopez -more-

Kelly Slater $9,750,000
Gabriel Medina $10,500,000
CJ Hobgood $3,000,000
Fred Patacchia $4,500,000
Owen Wright $8,250,000
Julian Wilson $7,250,000
Wiggolly Dantas $4,500,000
Dusty Payne $3,250,000

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Fiji Pro: Brett Simpson Withdraws

Fiji Pro: Brett Simpson Withdraws 2015

Fiji Pro: Brett Simpson Withdraws 2015

Brett Simpson’s Instagram post

Brett Simpson sustained an back injury and has announced on Instagram that he will be withdrawing from the Fiji Pro.