Halfway Home: The State of the 2014 ASP Title Race

Halfway Home: The State of the 2014 ASP Title Race

Halfway Home: The State of the 2014 ASP Title Race

The 2014 ASP Title Race

Brian Roddy breaks down the ASP’s top-6 World Title contenders in what promises to be an interesting finish.

J-Bay was the 6th of 11 events on the calendar this year. And we can now officially say that the title race has matured from a scramble of lavish speculation into an actual race. A race that is eccentric and exciting. We’re halfway home and there are six guys with a legitimate shot at sipping 2014’s vintage champagne out of surfing’s sacred cup. Six guys — that’s more than you can fit into a sedan. But instead of squeezing them into a Kia, let’s instead break down their chances for the crown.

– Brian Roddy -more-

Samsung ASP Sponsor – Every Day is Day One

Samsung ASP Sponsor – Every Day is Day One

As well all know, Samsung stepped up this year to sponsor the tour. Because of that, we support Samsung.

Samsung Mobile are proud to be the first global partner of the ASP, together they celebrate the growth of surfing worldwide and remind us that out on the waves, every day is day one. Launching with the 2014 US leg of the ASP world tour and featuring pro-surfers Kelly Slater, Stephanie Gilmore, Gabriel Medina, Mitch Crews and Johanne Defay.

The first time you hold a surfboard, the first time you ride a wave, the first time you get barrelled, the first time you win a world title. It doesn’t matter where you are from or how good you are. Every day is day one.

Cheat Codes Episode 2: Tube Riding (Part 2)

Cheat Codes Episode 2: Tube Riding (Part 2)

Episode two continues through the tube with Dane Reynolds, Craig Anderson, Taj Burrow, Jordy Smith, Noa Deane and others. “If you made it out, you weren’t deep enough.” – Christian Fletcher

Can Kelly Slater Win a 12th World Title?

Can Kelly Slater win a 12th world title?

Can Kelly Slater win a 12th world title?

Slater…12th title?

Brian Roddy looks at where the 11 time world champ stands in the 2014 World Tour and what his chances are for a 12th title.

Kelly Slater has lacked the fire this year. For the first time in his career, Kelly hasn’t summoned the wild, inexplicable magic that makes him who he is. So should he be worried? Nope. Not yet at least. The rest of the tour looks like this: J-Bay, Tahiti, Trestles, France, Portugal and finally, Pipeline. Six stops left. Kelly has won five of ‘em in the not so distant past. Maybe it’s Gabriel and Michel that should be worried.

Brian Roddy -more-

Will Gabriel Medina Win the 2014 World Title?

Will Gabriel Medina Win the 2014 World Title?

Will Gabriel Medina Win the 2014 World Title?

Brian Roddy on Gabriel Medina

Brian Roddy looks at what Gabriel Medina has done right and wrong this year along with what he’ll need to do to win the title.

Jeffrey’s has never been kind to any goofy footer not named Occy. Beyond any facet of a doubt, the next event will be the most challenging event of the year for Gabriel. He does, however, have momentum coming out of Fiji. Don’t be the least bit surprised to see Gabe show up a few weeks early to train in South Africa – but will he be able to overcome the curse of the southpaw and cash in?

– Brian Roddy -more-

Fantasy Surfer Points May 2014

Fantasy Surfer Points May 2014

Kelly is currently the number one seed and is leading title race, but Taj is on top when it comes to the all-important Fantasy Surfer points. Here are the average points each surfer has scored over the first four events of 2014.

141 Taj Burrow 92 Kolohe Andino 66 Travis Logie
138 Kelly Slater 89 John John Florence 63 Dion Atkinson
133 Joel Parkinson 85 Miguel Pupo 61 Aritz Aranburu
130 Michel Bourez 84 Owen Wright 51 Jeremy Flores
129 Gabriel Medina 83 Sebastian Zietz 50 Matt Wilkinson
120 Adriano De Souza 81 CJ Hobgood 43 Brett Simpson
116 Josh Kerr 76 Filipe Toledo 43 Raoni Monteiro
112 Mick Fanning 74 Mitch Crews 67 Kai Otton*
109 Nat Young 73 Adam Melling 66 Tiago Pires*
102 Bede Durbidge 73 Fred Patacchia 63 Glenn Hall*
101 Jordy Smith 71 Jadson Andre 61 Alejo Muniz*
101 Julian Wilson 71 Adrian Buchan 54 wildcards
*only competed in 2 or 3 of the 4 events