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.

Fiji Pro: Ross Williams Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

Fiji Pro: Ross Williams Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em 2015

Fiji Pro: Ross Williams Start 'Em, Sit 'Em 2015

Ross Williams’ picks

Ross Williams gives his start ’em, sit ’em pundit pick list for the 2015 Fiji Pro, the fifth stop on the WSL Championship Tour.

Start ‘Em: Owen, Wiggolly, Ace
Sit ‘Em: Toledo, Bede, Hall
Darkhorse: Flores

Cloudbreak and Restaurants are the two spots where the action will go down. Although they’re not without challenges, they provide a reliable platform when the waves show up. Sure, it can be windy and sets can be a little on the inconsistent side at times, but when a set does come you can almost guarantee that the wave will provide an eight-point ride or higher provided that you utilize its strengths.

– Ross Williams -more-

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Fiji Pro: John John Florence Withdraws

Fiji Pro: John John Florence Withdraws 2015

Fiji Pro: John John Florence Withdraws 2015

JJF ankle injury

John John Florence sustained an ankle injury landing awkwardly on an alley-oop during a film shoot. He is expected to withdraw from the Fiji Pro.

Fiji Pro Wildcard Dane Reynolds & Aca Ravulo

Fiji Pro Wildcard Dane Reynolds 2015

Fiji Pro Wildcard Dane Reynolds 2015

Fiji Pro Wildcards

Dane Reynolds has been awarded the wildcard spot by the WSL for the 2015 Fiji Pro, the 5th stop on the WSL Championship Tour. Dane will be surfing against Mick Fanning and Wiggolly Dantas in Heat 5 of Round 1.

Aca Ravulo won the local trials and will be surfing against Adriano De Souza and Adrian Buchan in Heat 6 of Round 1.

Alejo Muniz will be replacing the injured Michel Bourez and surfs against Filipe Toledo and Matt Banting in Heat 4 of Round 1.

Fiji Pro: Groundswell’s Hot & Cold Picks

Fiji Pro: Groundswell’s Hot & Cold Picks 2015

Fiji Pro: Groundswell's Hot & Cold Picks 2015

Groundswell’s detailed write-up

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

HOT: Slater, Owen, Medina

COLD: Parko, Jordy, CJ

BOOM OR BUST: JJF, Kolohe, Dusty

CAUTION: local wildcards, budget crunch

– Groundswell -more-

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Fiji Pro: Past Results 2012-2014

Fiji Pro: Past Results 2012-2014

Here are the Fiji Pro past results and winners from 2012-2014.

Winner Runner-up Semis Quarters R5
2015 Gabriel Medina Nat Young Michel Bourez
Kolohe Andino
Mick Fanning
Kelly Slater
John John Florence
Adriano De Souza
Owen Wright
Filipe Toledo
Taj Burrow
Joel Parkinson
2013 Kelly Slater Mick Fanning John John Florence
CJ Hobgood
Jordy Smith
Sebastian Zietz
Josh Kerr
Joel Parkinson
Jeremy Flores
Taj Burrow
Nat Young
Kolohe Andino
2012 Kelly Slater Gabriel Medina Mick Fanning
CJ Hobgood
John John Florence
Taj Burrow
Julian Wilson
Adriano De Souza
Damien Hobgood
Joel Parkinson
Owen Wright
Heitor Alves

Oi Rio Pro: Jimmicane’s Passion Picks

Oi Rio Pro: Jimmicane’s Passion Picks 2015

Oi Rio Pro: Jimmicane's Passion Picks 2015

Jimmicane’s Passion Picks

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

Pick ’em
The Elite: Toledo, Taj
The Grinders: Medina, Slater, Jordy, Jadson
The Strugglers: Kolohe, Banting

Maybe consider
The Elite: ADS
The Grinders: SeaBass
The Strugglers: Alejo

I thought long and hard about this one but in the end decided not to throw [Adriano] on my team. After looking over the past 4 years of results, it’s solid. 9th, 2nd, 5th, 1st. Sure the win came in unison with floatergate, but for an event that’s basically a crapshoot, Adriano shows solid consistency. Unfortunately, Passion Picks doesn’t give a shit about consistency. And of course, his dream run is bound to end at some point. Maybe it’s unlikely to think it ends in Brazil, but I want a good title race and Adriano is currently in the way of that by doing too well.

– Jimmicane -more-

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Oi Rio Pro: Seeds & Heat Draw

Oi Rio Pro: Seeds & Heat Draw 2015

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

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

Oi Rio Pro Wildcard David Do Carmo

Oi Rio Pro Wildcard David Do Carmo 2015

Oi Rio Pro Wildcard David Do Carmo 2015

Oi Rio Pro Wildcard

David Do Carmo has been named a wildcard in the 2015 Oi Rio Pro and will surf against either Mick Fanning and Italo Ferreira, or Adriano De Souza and Kai Otton in Round 1. Along with Do Carmo, a second wildcard will be determined after the Quiksilver Pro Saquarema.

Do Carmo made his mark on the CT last year when he defeated then-reigning World Champion Mick Fanning in Round 2 of the Rio Pro. In the next round he led 11-time World Champ Kelly Slater for the majority of their heat, though Slater ultimately won the heat. On the Qualifying Series, Do Carmo’s best finishes in 2014 were ninth place at the 6 Star-rated Burton Toyota Pro and at the Mahalo Surf Eco Festival. His career best is a runner-up finish at the 2013 Rip Curl Pro Piedras Negras Pro Ilo-Moquega. That same year, he became the Brazilian Professional Surfing Champion, a regional title. -more-