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

Billabong Rio Pro Pundit Shea Lopez Picks

Billabong Rio Pro Pundit Shea Lopez Picks 2014

Billabong Rio Pro Pundit Shea Lopez Picks

Shea Lopez’s picks

Shea Lopez makes his Fantasy Surfer picks for the 2014 Billabong Rio Pro.

A tropical opposite to the veteran-favoring Bells event, Rio de Janeiro requires youthful exuberance to shine. The quick, thick, and challenging sandbars of Rio can be a tuberiding treat or aerial feast for those with the right skill set. It’s a highly-charged atmosphere on the beach, which buckles some competitors and brings out the best in others. With a fun swell forecasted to kick off the waiting period, you can expect the Top 34 to showcase some great surfing in the opening rounds.

My Fantasy Surfer team lost a few of the older, more grounded surfers. Replacing them are younger guys with plenty to prove.

– Shea Lopez -more-

Avg pts (performance waves*)
Gabriel Medina $8,750,000 102
Filipe Toledo $5,750,000 119
Alejo Muniz $3,000,000 73
Kolohe Andino $4,250,000 69
Owen Wright $4,250,000 82
John John Florence $7,250,000 102
Julian Wilson $9,250,000 107
Jordy Smith $9,750,000 130
Total: $52,250,000 784
*Performance waves: Steamer Lane 2013, France 2013, Trestles 2012/2013, Rio 2012/2013, Snapper 2012

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Surfline Power Rankings Nick Carroll

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Surfline Power Rankings Nick Carroll 2014

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Surfline Power Rankings Nick Carroll

Nick Carroll’s Power Rankings

Nick Carroll ranks and analyzes the field coming out of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach as we head into the Billabong Rio Pro in 2014.

Sometimes while reading the comments sections regarding Fanning, I get the sense that people are a bit confused about what it takes to be a World Champion. Well, for those who wanted to see it, Mick gave us all another little lesson in the craft at Bells Beach.

Best surfer of the contest. Maybe, on that laughably scored 9.93, he was the best surfer ever at Bells Beach. Of all the surfers currently on Tour, Jordy’s the one most suited to the term “freak.” He could literally do anything. I have no idea what he’ll do next. But, like everyone else, I’ll be watching.

– Nick Carroll -more-

Billabong Rio Pro Pundit Ross Williams

Billabong Rio Pro Pundit Ross Williams

Billabong Rio Pro Pundit Ross Williams

Ross Williams’ picks

Ross Williams gives his picks for the 2014 Billabong Rio Pro.

When picking your team for Rio make sure you have the conditions in mind. It would be a mistake to simply chalk up this beachbreak as a small-wave wizard’s paradise. It’s actually a pretty hollow wave that offers plenty of power, making Rio a good location for all-sized surfers. Think of the guys who are good in the barrel and take full advantage of big ramps. This is where I insert Gabriel’s name.

– Ross Williams -more-

Red Bull Power Rankings Post Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

Red Bull Power Rankings Post Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

Red Bull Power Rankings Post Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

Red Bull Power Rankings

Derek Rielly gives us a review of his top 10 surfers coming out of Bells.

Taj hates to lose a final, hates to lose to Mick Fanning and especially hates to lose needing a piddly seven. Slimmer than he’s ever been and stronger than the Empire State Building, Taj makes his other competitors look like they’re riding with drogues. And yet that face, so forcibly contorted into a smile on the presentation stage when all he wanted to do was give out a maniacal banshee cry.

Owen’s mouth is again filled with the salty taste of blood, pummelling with such fury he turns wave into hamburger. Welcome back!

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Billabong Rio Pro Past Winners

Billabong Rio Pro Past Winners ASP 2014

Billabong Rio Pro Past Winners ASP 2014Can you believe it’s been 4 years since Jadson air reversed his way past Slater?

Winner Runner-up
2013 Rio Jordy Smith Adriano De Souza
2012 Rio John John Florence Joel Parkinson
2011 Rio Adriano De Souza Taj Burrow
2010 Santa Catarina Jadson Andre Kelly Slater
2009 Santa Catarina Kelly Slater Adriano De Souza
2008 Santa Catarina Bede Durbidge Jeremy Flores
2007 Santa Catarina Mick Fanning Kai Otton
2006 Imbituba Mick Fanning Damien Hobgood
2005 Imbituba Damien Hobgood Victor Ribas
2004 Florianópolis Taj Burrow Tom Whitaker
2003 Santa Catarina Kelly Slater Mick Fanning