Oi Rio Pro: Michel Bourez Withdraws

Oi Rio Pro: Michel Bourez Withdraws 2015

Oi Rio Pro: Michel Bourez Withdraws 2015

Michel Bourez broken hand

Michel Bourez will not be surfing at the fourth stop of the WSL Championship Tour in Rio. Bourez suffered a broken hand and vertebrae from a wipe out at Teahupo’o that will require surgery and at least a six week recovery. He will be replaced in Rio by Alejo Muniz.

One of the worst wipeout I’ve ever had at #teahupoo!! One Brocken hand and 6 weeks out of the water minimum!! Thanks to everyone out there today that helped me out when that happen!! I’m about to get a surgery now!! That drop was worth it tho!!! #GoBigOrGoToTheHospital

– Michel Bourez -more-

Oi Rio Pro: Groundswell’s Hot & Cold Picks

Oi Rio Pro: Groundswell’s Hot & Cold Picks 2015

Oi Rio Pro: Groundswell's Hot & Cold Picks 2015

Groundswell’s detailed write-up

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

HOT: ADS, Toledo, Bourez

COLD: Dusty, CJ, Parko

BOOM OR BUST: JJF, Medina, Kolohe

CAUTION: Jordy, wildcards

– Groundswell -more-

Check out all of our pundit picks posts.

Oi Rio Pro: Past Results 2011-2014

Oi Rio Pro: Past Results 2011-2014

Here are the Oi Rio Pro past results and winners from 2011-2014.

Winner Runner-up Semis Quarters R5
2014 Michel Bourez Kolohe Andino Kelly Slater
Taj Burrow
Nat Young
Bede Burbidge
Jordy Smith
Sebastian Zietz
Adriano De Souza
Travis Logie
Joel Parkinson
Josh Kerr
2013 Jordy Smith Adriano De Souza Gabriel Medina
Mick Fanning
Kelly Slater
Adrian Buchan
Sebastian Zietz
Filipe Toledo
Taj Burrow
Nat Young
Michel Bourez
Glenn Hall
2012 John John Florence Joel Parkinson Mick Fanning
Josh Kerr
Tiago Pires
Alejo Muniz
Julian Wilson
Adriano De Souza
Jordy Smith
Michel Bourez
Jeremy Flores
Taj Burrow
2011 Adriano De Souza Taj Burrow Jeremy Flores
Bede Durbidge
Bobby Martinez
Joel Parkinson
Josh Kerr
Owen Wright
Damien Hobgood
Daniel Ross
Raoni Monteiro
Michel Bourez

Billabong Rio Pro Red Bull Power Rankings Derek Rielly

Billabong Rio Pro Red Bull Power Rankings Derek Rielly

Billabong Rio Pro Red Bull Power Rankings Derek Rielly

Derek Rielly’s Power Rankings

Derek Rielly ranks and analyzes the field coming out of the Billabong Rio Pro as we head into the 2014 ASP Fiji Pro.

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-

Billabong Rio Pro Surfline Power Rankings Jed Smith

Billabong Rio Pro Surfline Power Rankings Jed Smith 2014

Billabong Rio Pro Surfline Power Rankings Jed Smith 2014

Jed Smith’s Power Rankings

Jed Smith ranks and analyzes the field coming out of the Billabong Rio Pro as we head into the 2014 ASP Fiji Pro.

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-

Billabong Rio Pro Final Day Highlights

Billabong Rio Pro Final Day Highlights

Billabong Rio Pro Final Day Highlights 2014

Final Day Highlights

Congratulations to Michel Bourez with his second win of the year. Many Fantasy Surfer teams were hit by at least one of the many upsets. Fantasy Surfer players weren’t the only ones that noticed.

If you look at who did well in this event, many of them are surfers that nobody expected, and that’s because the luck factor is very important here, especially compared to other locations. A lot of the guys won because they caught a good wave out of nowhere – not because they surfed better than the others.

For the competition, the important thing is to have waves that allow us to display our performance at its best, not let us win because “I was lucky”, and “Ah, I managed to find a barrel”. Unfortunately, that happened a lot here this year.

– Kelly Slater -more-

Billabong Rio Pro R3-R4 Highlights

Billabong Rio Pro R3-R4 Highlights 2014

Billabong Rio Pro R3-R4 Highlights 2014

R3-R4 Highlights

Lots of upsets today with Medina, Julian, Toledo & JJF all getting knocked out in R3.

With surprise after surprise, the crowd down at Barra da Tijuaca kissed their Brazilian Storm goodbye today. The first and most dramatic upset was the elimination of Gabriel Medina, who just lost his top spot in the rankings. And through hollers from the hoards, it was clear that the crowd was expecting him to win the event. The culprit of the upset was the South-African Travis Logie, who said in a post-heat interview that he “couldn’t believe what was happening”. It was his birthday today, and that was a hell of a present.

– Sara Sanz Pinto -more-

Billabong Rio Pro Pundit Red Bull Cheat Sheet

Billabong Rio Pro Pundit Red Bull Cheat Sheet

Billabong Rio Pro Pundit Red Bull Cheat Sheet ASP 2014

Rio Cheat Sheet

Chris Binn, Travis Ferre, and Derek Rielly give their picks for Rio.

While the youth will storm Brazil, the event will be won by their spirit animal, Taj Burrow. After plucking a mixed bag of fruit in Oz, Taj is back at his most common residence of the last few years, fifth; in the mix but outta the limelight.
– Chris Binn

Gabriel Medina: His passion is red hot. His swallowtails are spicy front and backside. His air game is elevated. And he has learned to play the often-inconsistent judging criteria’s fiddle. While often fickle, tricky and ever-changing, beachbreaks offer multiple chances for redemption, and Gabriel Medina doesn’t fall when given multiple chances.
– Travis Ferre

You want to know who the great world title spoiler is this year? Yeah, Gabriel. Like John John, he can smoke a heat in the last seconds with a one-manoeuvre nine-five. Unlike John he ain’t adverse to tapping lips to the beach for heat-winning sevens.
– Derek Rielly