Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2013 Results

ASP Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2013 Results

ASP Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2013 Results

2014 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

Starting to think about your Fantasy Surfer team for the 2014 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach? Here are last year’s results for this year’s surfers to get you started.

First: ADS
Second: Nat
Semis: Jordy, Taj
Quarters: Mick, Otton, Toledo
R5: Kerr, CJ, Ace, Raoni
R3: Parko, Slater, Julian, Medina, SeaBass, Flores, Bede, Kolohe, Muniz, Tiago
R2: Bourez, Owen, Wilko, Logie, Melling, Simpson

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: Taj vs Bede Re-run

ASP Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: Taj vs Bede re-run

ASP Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: Taj vs Bede re-run

“Breaking Bede” by Mimi LaMontagne

With 3 minutes left of R3:H1, Taj needed an 8.17 to catch Bede. Taj chose his wave and started paddling, but got his hand caught in Bede’s leash. The judges decided to re-run the heat at the end of the day. Crazy start and finish to the day. Here’s the video of the incident, as well as the ASP interview with Bede after the re-run.

Rather than drag himself home to have a cheeky cry, Taj went straight to the judges booth. And for good reason, because after a few hours of debate, a re-surf was called. According to some rule in some unknown ASP handbook, the situation had caused an impediment to Taj’s ability to surf the wave to his full potential, and therefore, to win the heat (and it did). So at the end of the day, after the whole of round three had finished and the waves were beyond gross, Taj and Bede paddled back out. Taj, determined. Bede, angry, cold and ropeable. But Bede went out with ferocity. -more-
– Mimi LaMontagne, Surfing Life

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro R3 Recap

ASP Drug Aware Margaret River Pro R3 Recap 2014

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro R3 Recap

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro R3 Recap

If you missed Round 3, check out the ASP Drug Aware Margaret River Pro R3 Recap.

I’m happy to get another chance, but when you win and you’re frustrated, you don’t feel like you’ve set any benchmark or standard for the event. A couple heats before mine, JJF and Gabriel, they both surfed so well in this contest and they slated each other twice. They had to put each other out in this last one, and it’s a shame because they’re the two standouts. It’s a bummer.
– Kelly Slater

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro R2 Highlight Video

ASP Drug Aware Margaret River Pro R2 Highlight Video 2014

ASP Drug Aware Margaret River Pro R2 Highlight Video 2014

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro R2 Highlight Video

Miss Round 2? Check out the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro R2 Highlight Video …including John John’s 9.83.

The only performance of any note today was John John, who flawlessly linked together a 9.8, before weightlessly wafting one of the most beautiful airs we’ve ever seen on the next wave. We’ve always said that round two is all about the losers – round three wins are what really matters – but John John’s win was just a cut above.
– Wade Davis, Surfing Life

Quiksilver’s Tribute Video to The King

Quiksilver’s Tribute Video to The King

When Kelly Slater first signed with Quiksilver, Gloria Estefan had the number one single and the teenage world was about to shift from Poison to Pearl Jam. Dances with Wolves had just won best picture. There was no internet*. Gabriel Medina hadn’t been born. Here’s a farewell tribute by Quiksilver to The King.

* OK, there was an internet, but nobody really knew about it.

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro R1 Highlights

ASP Drug Aware Margaret River Pro R1 Highlights 2014

ASP Drug Aware Margaret River Pro R1 Highlights 2014Jordy Smith – looking strong on this 8.33.

Adam Melling – surfing with a torn MCL, forces Parko into R2 with this little gem that scores him a 7.67.

Slater vs Yadin – The local wildcard winner put in a great heat to force Slater into R2. Here, Slater shows us what a missed air attempt looks like quickly followed by Yadin’s heat-winning 8.23.

I feel bad beating Kelly, considering that he doesn’t have a sponsor. – Yadin Nicol

Julian Wilson – forces Flores into R2 with help from this 7.50.

Miguel Pupo – not a huge scoring wave here (6.50), but shows Pupo looking as smooth as ever.

Jadson Andre – upsets both Adriano and Owen with waves like this 7.17.

…and our favorite heat of the day: Medina vs JJF

Gabriel Medina – takes the heat win and to the air with this 8.90 (overscored? …we think so…got a bit stuck there).

I saw John start to do airs, and thought, I have to do the same…
When I see him, I want to beat him. – Gabriel Medina

John John Florence – making something out of nothing on this 7.67.

Red Bull 21 Days: Burrow/Kerr (Part 3)

Red Bull 21 Days Burrow Kerr Part 3

Red Bull has released Part 3 of the 21 Days: Burrow/Kerr series unveiling another chapter in the lives of Taj Burrow and Josh Kerr leading up to the 2014 ASP Drug Aware Margaret River Pro.

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Picks: By The Numbers

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Picks: By The Numbers

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Picks: By The Numbers

Surfer Stats

[Original post: March 30] This year, we’re going to run an experiment where we pick the aspwedge Fantasy Surfer team based on past results. For our club teams, we make our picks using our guts and the biases that come along with that. But for these posts, we’re picking without looking at the surfers’ names. Instead, we’re using the numbers that generate the graphs on the Surfers page. We’ve “typed” each wave barrel, performance or power (see below) and will fill the aspwedge team with the surfers who have averaged the highest on that type of wave over the past two seasons (plus this season so far). We’ll try to maximize the overall average for the amount of money we have leaving $1,500,000 for a wildcard. For the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, we’re typing it as a “power wave”. With that, here is the aspwedge “by the numbers” team:

[UPDATE: April 1] With the forecast calling for smaller waves, we’re switching to typing Margs as a “performance wave” and have adjusted our team accordingly.

New team (based on performance wave results):

Avg pts
Taj Burrow $10,500,000 147
Jordy Smith $9,500,000 130
Adriano De Souza $8,250,000 133
Michel Bourez $7,250,000 113
Filipe Toledo $6,000,000 118
Travis Logie $3,250,000 92
Owen Wright $3,250,000 82
Yadin Nicol $1,500,000 66
Total: $49,500,000 881

Old team (based on power wave results):

Avg pts
Kelly Slater $11,750,000 145
Joel Parkinson $11,750,000 145
Adriano De Souza $8,250,000 123
Jeremy Flores $5,750,000 102
Mitch Crews $4,500,000 100
Dion Atkinson $3,250,000 83
Owen Wright $3,250,000 73
Yadin Nicol $1,500,000 66
Total: $50,000,000 837

Wave types…
Barrels: Pipe 2012/2103, Portugal 2012/2013, France 2012, Tahiti 2012/2013, Bali 2013, Fiji 2012/2013
Performance: Steamer Lane 2013, France 2013, Trestles 2012/2013, Rio 2012/2013, Snapper 2012
Power: Snapper 2013/2014, Bells 2012/2013

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: Wildcards and Last Minute Picks

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Wildcards and Last Minute Picks

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Wildcards

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro R1 Heat Draw

For those of you looking to make last minute changes to your Fantasy Surfer teams, here are some updates:

  • Tiago Pires is out with a recurring knee injury.
  • Mitch Coleborn is taking Tiago’s spot.
  • Nathan Hedge won the trials and will get the first wildcard spot.
  • Yadin Nicol was runner-up at the trials and receives the second wildcard spot.

Former winners at the Margaret River Pro (non-World Tour event) surfing this year:

  • John John Florence (2012)
  • Josh Kerr (2010)
  • Joel Parkinson (2002)
  • Mick Fanning (2001)
  • Taj Burrow (1997)

Forecast for this year: It ain’t going to be a classic year. Four-ish foot to start the event and two-to-three for the remainder unless a surprise low off the coast kicks into gear very soon. A contest for the jibbers. -more-
– Derek Rielly, Red Bull

In with Toledo? Out with CJ? Check out the chart at the bottom of the Surfers page to see the difference in past results in power vs performance waves. Check out Bourez!