ASP Fiji Pro Power Rankings by Ross Williams & Martin Potter

ASP Fiji Pro Power Rankings Ross Williams Martin Potter 2014

ASP Fiji Pro Power Rankings Ross Williams Martin Potter

Ross Williams & Martin Potter’s Power Rankings

Ross Williams & Martin Potter give their analysis of the field coming out of Fiji as we head into J-Bay.

There’s starting to become daylight between the younger guys and the usual suspects. The young guns are getting more experience and starting to work out the game and how to beat these older guys–’cause it takes a lot more than good surfing to win events. They’re also getting bigger and stronger and it’s starting to show.
– Martin Potter -more-

It’s actually pretty complex with the swell — or lack thereof — that really created these results in Fiji. That being said, Gabriel Medina is well rounded. You can see him winning here when it’s six- to eight-foot. And as our veterans get older and older, guess what? Guys like Gabriel are going to get 9s on closeouts. It’s only going to get harder from here on out, and slowly but surely we’re going to see different names winning world titles. That’s just the nature of it.
– Ross Williams -more-

Michel Bourez Talks World Titles & J-Bay

Michel Bourez Talks World Titles J-Bay 2014

Michel Bourez Talks World Titles J-Bay 2014

Interview with Michel Bourez

Michel Bourez is heading into the J-Bay Open feeling confident about his chances–both for the event and his title campaign.

I have not surfed there [J-Bay] since the last CT we had there. I feel 100 percent confident about getting a good result there. I feel that my surfing will fit that wave. To tell you the truth, my worst events are behind me. Fiji and Brazil were the hardest ones for me and now until the rest of the season the waves are really good and fit my surfing.

– Michel Bourez -more-

ASP Fiji Pro Red Bull Power Rankings Derek Rielly

ASP Fiji Pro Red Bull Power Rankings Derek Rielly 2014

ASP Fiji Pro Red Bull Power Rankings Derek Rielly 2014

Derek Rielly’s Power Rankings

Derek Rielly ranks and analyzes the field coming out of the ASP Fiji Pro as we head into the 2014 ASP J-Bay Open.

Gabriel “Bunny” Medina tore the pro surfing universe in half this week just past, employing such physical resources it was like a man overdrawing at the bank. It’s a measure of how upside-down the world has become when it was only the middle-aged Hawaiian Fred Pattachia who threatened a heat win against the 20-and-a-half year old. This is a surfer who will never have to atone for a lack of confidence or humility. Anyhow, he’s marvellous.

– Derek Rielly -more-

ASP J-Bay Open Past Results

ASP J-Bay Open Past Results

We haven’t see a World Tour event at J-Bay since 2011. The QS ran in 2012. Neither ran in 2013. Here are the top results from 2010-2012.

Winner Runner-up Semis Quarters
2012 (QS) Adriano De Souza Joan Duru Aritz Aranburu
Ezekiel Lau
Dale Staples
Mitch Coleburn
Pat Gudauskas
Vasco Ribeiro
2011 Jordy Smith Mick Fanning Ace Buchan
Joel Parkinson
Alejo Muniz
Damien Hobgood
Josh Kerr
Julian Wilson
2010 Jordy Smith Adam Melling Bede Durbidge
Taj Burrow
Adriano De Souza
Damien Hobgood
Dane Reynolds
Sean Holmes

ASP J-Bay Open Pundit Picks: The Blind Team

ASP J-Bay Open Pundit Picks: The Blind Team 2014

ASP J-Bay Open Pundit Picks: The Blind Team 2014

Average FS Points by Wave Type

Shea Lopez, Derek Rielly, Nick Carroll, Ross Williams, Groundswell and the other pundits offer great insight into the surfers when offering their pundit picks. We do it differently. For our Fantasy Surfer pundit picks, we look at the numbers and not the surfers’ names. We go in blind. For J-Bay, the Blind Team is picked based on past results in power waves (vs barrels or performance). For our personal club teams, we pick based on our guts and who we think are in form, but for these picks below, we remove all of the mind games. Here you go. The ASP J-Bay Open Pundit Picks: The Blind Team.

Team J-Bay Avg pts (power waves*)
Mick Fanning $11,250,000 147
Adriano De Souza $9,500,000 120
Josh Kerr $8,000,000 111
Bede Durbidge $5,750,000 94
CJ Hobgood $5,500,000 94
Miguel Pupo $4,750,000 86
Owen Wright $3,250,000 84
wildcard $1,500,000 50
Total: $49,500,000 785
*Power waves: Snapper 2013/2014, Bells 2012/2013/2014, Margaret River 2014
Past results wave type FS Points FS Rank
Fiji barrels 600 #26,727
Rio performance 837 #1,044
Bells Beach power 710 #17,472
Margaret River performance 840 #1,033

Check out all of our pundit picks posts.

ASP J-Bay Open Past Winners 2002-2011

ASP J-Bay Open Past Winners 2002-2011

ASP J-Bay Open Past Winners 2002-2011

J-Bay Preview Video

The Usual Suspects have a pretty impressive record at J-Bay. Think the Young Guns can unseat them like they did in Fiji? Time to pick your Fantasy Surfer teams!

Winner Runner-up
2011 Jordy Smith Mick Fanning
2010 Jordy Smith Adam Melling
2009 Joel Parkinson Damien Hobgood
2008 Kelly Slater Mick Fanning
2007 Taj Burrow Kelly Slater
2006 Mick Fanning Taj Burrow
2005 Kelly Slater Andy Irons
2004 Andy Irons Nathan Hedge
2003 Kelly Slater Damien Hobgood
2002 Mick Fanning Michael Lowe

ASP J-Bay Open Heat Draw Seeds

ASP J-Bay Open Heat Draw Seeds 2014

ASP J-Bay Open Heat Draw Seeds 2014

ASP J-Bay Open Heat Draws

Here are the seeds and R1 heat draws (row=heat) heading in to the 2014 ASP J-Bay Open:

updated July 9
1. Kelly Slater 24. Mitch Crews 36. Dylan Lightfoot
2. Gabriel Medina 23. Adam Melling 35. Brett Simpson
3. Michel Bourez 22. Adrian Buchan 34. Raoni Monteiro
4.Joel Parkinson 21. Kai Otton 33. Glenn Hall
5. Taj Burrow 20. Fred Patacchia 32. Matt Wilkinson
6. Mick Fanning 19. Sebastian Zietz 31. Dion Atkinson
7. Nat Young 18. Miguel Pupo 30. Artiz Aranburu
8. Adriano De Souza 17. CJ Hobgood 29. Alejo Muniz
9. Josh Kerr 16. Filipe Toledo 28. Tiago Pires
10. Jordy Smith 15. Owen Wright 27. Jadson Andre
11. John John Florence 14. Bede Durbidge 26. Jeremy Flores
12. Kolohe Andino 13. Julian Wilson 25. Travis Logie