Billabong Pro Tahiti: Seeds & Heat Draw

Billabong Pro Tahiti: Seeds & Heat Draw 2015

Billabong Pro Tahiti: Seeds & Heat Draw 2015Here are the seeds and R1 heat draws (row=heat) heading in to the 2015 WSL Billabong Pro Tahiti at Teahupo’o.

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

Billabong Pro Tahiti: Ross Williams Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

Billabong Pro Tahiti: Ross Williams Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em 2015

Billabong Pro Tahiti: Ross Williams Start 'Em, Sit 'Em 2015

Ross Williams’ picks

Ross Williams gives his start ’em, sit ’em pundit pick list for the 2015 Billabong Pro Tahiti at Teahupo’o, the seventh stop on the WSL Championship Tour.

Start ‘Em: Owen, JJF, CJ
Sit ‘Em: Toledo, Keanu, Hall
Darkhorse: Christie

Teahupo’o offers the most intense and exciting six seconds in our sport. When firing on all cylinders this wave requires more guts than any venue on the Championship Tour. Hecklers and caddies warn contestants as the approaching black blob ambushes the comp zone with whistles and cheers. Thick, scary and extremely intimidating. But if you can manage to tame the beast, there’s nothing more satisfying. Usually I’d provide you with a sneaky pick that will deliver those big points over other Fantasy players, but this time I’m not messing around.

– Ross Williams -more-

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Billabong Pro Tahiti: Nick Carroll’s Picks

Billabong Pro Tahiti: Nick Carroll’s Picks 2015

Billabong Pro Tahiti: Nick Carroll's Picks 2015

Nick’s picks

Nick Carroll gives his pundit review of the Billabong Pro Tahiti at Teahupo’o, the seventh stop on the WSL Championship Tour.

NEAR CERTAINTIES: Julian, Owen, JJF, Flores
PRETTY GOOD BETS: Nat, Wiggolly, Medina, Ace, Bede, Wilko
POINT PROVERS: Toledo, ADS, Bourez, Kolohe
UNKNOWABLES: Slater, Mick, Wildcards

Last year, Teahupoo went off its rocker and virtually decided the world championship via Gabriel Medina’s very coolly assembled win. It was surely the highlight event of 2014. This year, things will almost certainly be a bit trickier. The surfers are coming to Tahiti having experienced a terrifying and dramatic end to the last event at Jeffreys, at least five of ‘em are in the title hunt, and the oceanic outlook isn’t showing off any 12-foot days in the near future.

– Nick Carroll -more-

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Billabong Pro Tahiti: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks

Billabong Pro Tahiti: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks 2015

Billabong Pro Tahiti: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks 2015

Shea’s picks

Billabong Pro Tahiti: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks his team for the seventh stop on the WSL Championship Tour at the mutant reef break at Teahupo’o.

At a wave like Teahupoo, it pays to be tenacious. This is no place for the timid, the sitting ducks, the uninitiated. When the horizon darkens and the channel erupts in a fit of rabid spectators calling you into a wave that could very well kill you, there’s no room for hesitation. To win heats here, you need to stand your ground. You need to prolong the takeoff until you’re skirting the line between taking the wave of your dreams and the beating of your nightmares. You need to tame a wave that most of us would happily deem unrideable, and best of all, you need to make it look easy. It’s with this mantra in mind that I’ve drafted up my Fantasy Surfer team for Tahiti.

– Shea Lopez -more-

Sebastian Zietz $4,500,000
Owen Wright $8,750,000
Kelly Slater $10,500,000
Dusty Payne $3,000,000
Michel Bourez $6,750,000
John Florence $7,500,000
Julian Wilson $9,250,000
Jeremy Flores $3,750,000

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Billabong Pro Tahiti: Groundswell’s Hot & Cold Picks

Billabong Pro Tahiti: Groundswell’s Hot & Cold Picks 2015

Billabong Pro Tahiti: Groundswell's Hot & Cold Picks 2015

Groundswell’s detailed write-up

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

HOT: Owen, Medina, JJF

COLD: Toledo, Christie, ADS

BOOM OR BUST: Wiggolly, Italo, Otton

CAUTION: Wildcards, Injuries, Flores

– Groundswell -more-

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Billabong Pro Tahiti: Past Results 2010-2014

Billabong Pro Tahiti: Past Results 2010-2014

Here are the Billabong Pro Tahiti past results from 2010-2014.

Winner Runner-up Semis Quarters R5
2014 Gabriel Medina Kelly Slater Bede Durbidge
John John Florence
Adrian Buchan
Kolohe Andino
Dion Atkinson
Owen Wright
Michel Bourez
Tiago Pires
Kai Otton
Brett Simpson
2013 Adrian Buchan Kelly Slater Kai Otton
Mick Fanning
John John Florence
Josh Kerr
Julian Wilson
Fred Patacchia
CJ Hobgood
Jeremy Flores
Joel Parkinson
Jordy Smith
2012 Mick Fanning Joel Parkinson John John Florence
Owen Wright
CJ Hobgood
Gabriel Medina
Jeremy Flores
Ricardo Dos Santos
Damien Hobgood
Julian Wilson
Kieren Perrow
Taj Burrow
2011 Kelly Slater Owen Wright Josh Kerr
Travis Logie
Brett Simpson
Jeremy Flores
Matt Wilkinson
Raoni Monteiro
Chris Davidson
Fred Patacchia
Kai Otton
Michel Bourez
2010 Andy Irons CJ Hobgood Jeremy Flores
Kelly Slater
Adrian Buchan
Fred Patacchia
Pat Gudauskas
Tiago Pires
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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.

Note: JJF, Flores & Banting are out with injuries.

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

J-Bay Open: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks

J-Bay Open: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks 2015

J-Bay Open: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks 2015

Shea’s picks

J-Bay Open: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks his team for the sixth stop on the WSL Championship Tour at the famous right point break in South Africa.

J-Bay is one of those few locales that can take an unruly open-ocean swell and transform it into corduroy perfection. Serving up everything from an easy entry and racing wall to ruler-edged tube sections that appear to stretch on forever, J-Bay truly has it all. Watching the tour’s upper echelon— Slater, Smith, Parko, Fanning— maximize every opportunity with minimum excess can be a mesmerizing show. However, watching a lesser surfer struggle to find their line or flow as they butcher a beautiful canvas can leave you questioning the future of our sport. Of the young crew, not many look prepared to match the veterans at a wave like Jeffrey’s. My Fantasy Surfer team is composed of a mix of surfers that have either proven themselves here before or have impressed me this year at other spots.

– Shea Lopez -more-

Kelly Slater $10,000,000
Jordy Smith $7,250,000
Joel Parkinson $8,500,000
Dane Reynolds $1,500,000
Julian Wilson $8,250,000
Dusty Payne $3,000,000
Owen Wright $9,250,000

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J-Bay Open: Jimmicane’s Passion Picks

J-Bay Open: Jimmicane’s Passion Picks 2015

J-Bay Open: Jimmicane's Passion Picks 2015

Jimmicane’s Passion Picks

Surfing Magazine’s Jimmicane gives his passion picks for the 2015 J-Bay Open in South Africa, the sixth stop on the WSL Championship Tour.

Pick ’em: Mick, Slater, Bede, Parko, Jordy, SeaBass, Melling, Dane
Maybe consider: Owen, Medina, Muniz

A couple weeks ago I sat in a boat, merely yards away, as Owen Wright made history scoring two perfect 10 point rides, twice, in one event. I screamed at the top of my lungs. I high-fived everyone within reach. I celebrated in the Cloudbreak channel with Owen during an all-time moment in his life. It was one of the coolest things I’ve ever witnessed… …and he wasn’t on my fantasy team.

– Jimmicane -more-

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