ASP Fiji Pro R1 Heat Draw 2014
Adam Melling and Raoni Monterio are out of the event. Surfing in their place are Mitch Coleborn and Wiggolly Dantas.
For this year’s event, with little in the way of storm energy on the charts, we will likely be seeing average waves at Cloudbreak to start the waiting period. But there is still potential for something of merit to develop late.
When picking my Fantasy Surfer team for Fiji, I added a number of goofyfooters. From past experience, myself and every other goofy-footer on Tour would be licking our chops in anticipation of this event. The main advantage to being goofy at Cloudbreak is the ease at which you can narrowly escape through the doggy door exits at the end of the reef at a section called Shishkabobs.
– Shea Lopez -more-
|Avg pts (barrels*)|
|John John Florence||$6,750,000||129|
More than almost any other location on tour, the Fiji Pro is where the veterans will take advantage of the kids that are a little wet behind the ears. Gone are the luxuries of air sections and potluck wave catching, Cloudbreak and Restaurants are all about experience and the hunger for getting deep. I’m thinking most of you know whom to avoid here, but it’s the sly choices that should help push you ahead of the pack. I agree you should always back up your crafty pick with the obvious ones. Not choosing Kelly here is like not choosing the Lakers to beat the Clippers… Wait, bad example.
– Ross Williams -more-
The boys face a slow start to their waiting period with a deflation in the storm energies beneath Australia. Small fingers of swell will reach up out of the Roaring Forties in the early part of June but whether any of ‘em eventuate in a surfable day is hard to say. Something stronger is on the distant forecast, arriving from the SSW around June 6, but it may be disrupted by storm action close to the Australian east coast. A lot of guesswork in this part of the forecast but the waiting period is long and the opportunities will come, though perhaps not in the vein of recent years. Like, nobody’s gonna be needing their 9’0”quad.
In the men’s, this event has been dominated by Kelly for a while but we’re going out on a limb and suggesting that 2014 might change things. Big Cloudbreak and super hollow Restaurants don’t look like they’ll be on the menu, at least not as frequently as in recent years, and there’s plenty of surfers who can match it with the king in non-surreal Fijian surf. We’re calling a close eye on Gabriel Medina, Nat Young, and Taj, with JJF, Sebastian Zietz, CJ Hobgood and Owen Wright potentially in the mix by the quarters. That of course aside from the big guns and Michel Bourez, who has a record of going hot and cold but who also has never won two out of four WCT events before. Wilko is our outside pick for a good result in Fiji; he has everything to surf for and nothing to lose.
– Nick Carroll -more-
If you’ve ever seen Taj Burrow train this year you’ll marvel at what a man-who-has-everything will do to himself for a bite of that elusive carrot. All those burpees and crunches and running and swimming haven’t just sharpened Taj, they’ve created a software update that, while prone to the usual glitches, knows how to win better than ever. Thirty-six? Second oldest cat on tour? Words, just words.
– Derek Rielly -more-
There might have been a few complaints about the quality of waves on offer for the Billabong Rio Pro – Parko called it “potluck,” Josh Kerr said they didn’t offer “equal opportunity” to competitors – but it looked pretty entertaining to me. From barrels ripped straight out of the Off The Wall Greatest Hits handbook, to ramp sections and rippable runners, the Billabong Rio Pro was a classic beach break event. It was testing, tense, volatile, had some 1980s gamesmanship thrown in for good measure, a few huge upsets and more than a couple freakish feats of athletic brilliance. The big winners were Michel Bourez, Kolohe Andino and Kelly Slater but ultimately it was surf fans who walked away with a treat. This year is shaping up as a World Title race to end all others.
– Jed Smith -more-
The scrappy beach break of Rio is over. Now we can get on with it! Think Slater will make many Fantasy Surfer teams?
|2013||Kelly Slater||Mick Fanning|
|2012||Kelly Slater||Gabriel Medina|
|2008||Kelly Slater||CJ Hobgood|
|2006||Damien Hobgood||Shaun Cansdell|
|2005||Kelly Slater||CJ Hobgood|
|2004||Damien Hobgood||Andy Irons|
|2003||Andy Irons||Corey Lopez|
HOT (no surprises here):
Kelly Slater, Joel Parkinson, CJ Hobgood
WARM (almost a lock to end up on your teams):
Mick Fanning, Gabriel Medina, Jordy Smith
COOL (you may win or lose the event with these guys):
Michel Bourez, Owen Wright, Glenn Hall
COLD (if these surfers do well, it would REALLY surprise me):
Brett Simpson, Alejo Muniz, Adrian Buchan
– Groundswell -more-
Check out all of our pundit picks posts.
|Team Fiji||Avg pts (barreling waves*)|
|John John Florence||$6,750,000||130|
|Past results||wave type||FS Points||FS Rank|
Check out all of our pundit picks posts.
|1. Kelly Slater||24. Jeremy Flores||36. Isei Tokovu|
|2. Joel Parkinson||23. Mitch Crews||35. Wiggolly Dantas|
|3. Taj Burrow||22. Adrian Buchan||34. Mitch Coleborn|
|4. Mick Fanning||21. Fred Patacchia||33. Glenn Hall|
|5. Michel Bourez||20. Filipe Toledo||32. Brett Simpson|
|6. Adriano De Souza||19. Kai Otton||31. Tiago Pires|
|7. Gabriel Medina||18. Kolohe Andino||30. Dion Atkinson|
|8. Josh Kerr||17. Sebastian Zietz||29. Alejo Muniz|
|9. Jordy Smith||16. Miguel Pupo||28. Artiz Aranburu|
|10. Nat Young||15. Owen Wright||27. Matt Wilkinson|
|11. Julian Wilson||14. Bede Durbidge||26. Jadson Andre|
|12. John John Florence||13. CJ Hobgood||25. Travis Logie|