Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Pundit Shea Lopez

ASP 2014 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Pundit Shea Lopez

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Pundit Shea Lopez

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Pundit Shea Lopez

Shea Lopez makes his Fantasy Surfer picks for the 2014 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.

Wilko has been quiet, too quiet. With plenty of talent, Wilko appears to be in a sort of adjustment period with a new approach to competition. If he finds his rhythm and routinely loads up that big backhand blast—the one that is arguably the most impressive backhand turn from a goofyfooter on Tour—he will win heats at Bells. -more-
– Shea Lopez

Avg pts (power waves*)
Kelly Slater $12,250,000 146
Jordy Smith $10,000,000 106
Michel Bourez $8,250,000 102
John John Florence $6,500,000 76
Bede Durbidge $5,750,000 96
Matt Wilkinson $3,750,000 66
Owen Wright $3,500,000 75
Dion Atkinson $3,000,000 65
Total: $53,000,000 732
*Power waves: Snapper 2013/2014, Bells 2012/2013, Margaret River 2014

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Wildcards

ASP Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Wildcards 2014

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Wildcards

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Wildcards

The wildcards have been set for the 2014 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.

Local surfer Cahill Bell-Warren won the trials and will match-up against Joel Parkinson and Adam Melling in Round 1 Heat 5.

The Rip Curl Event Wildcard has been awarded to Australian up-and-comer, Jacob Willcox. He will face Kelly Slater and Kolohe Andino in Round 1 Heat 6.

Also…

Alejo Muniz has withdrawn from the competition due to an ongoing injury. ASP replacement surfer Glenn Hall will compete in his place.
– ASP

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Pundit Picks: The Blind Team

2014 ASP Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Pundit Picks The Blind Team

2014 ASP Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Pundit Picks The Blind Team

Surfer Stats

Shea Lopez, Derek Rielly, Nick Carroll and the other pundits offer great insight into the surfers when offering their pundit picks. We’re going to do it differently. For our Fantasy Surfer pundit picks, we look at the numbers and not the surfers’ names. We go in blind. For Bells, we picked our team based on past results in power waves (vs performance or barrels). 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. Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Pundit Picks: The Blind Team.

Avg pts (power waves*)
Kelly Slater $12,250,000 146
Nat Young $9,000,000 121
Adriano De Souza $8,250,000 119
Bede Burbidge $5,750,000 96
Jeremy Flores $5,000,000 90
Jadson Andre $4,500,000 81
Owen Wright $3,250,000 75
wildcard $1,500,000 58
Total: $49,500,000 786
Wave types…
Barrels: Pipe 2012/2103, Portugal 2012/2013, France 2012, Tahiti 2012/2013, Bali 2013, Fiji 2012/2013
Performance: Steamer Lane 2013, France 2013, Trestles 2012/2013, Rio 2012/2013, Snapper 2012
*Power: Snapper 2013/2014, Bells 2012/2013, Margaret River 2014

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: Blind Team Results

ASP Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: Blind Team Results 2014

ASP Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: Blind Team Results 2014

Surfer Stats

Before the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, we picked our aspwedge Fantasy Surfer team without looking at the names–we only used past results (see the graph). We call these our blind picks. Based on the forecast, we picked this team based on past performance wave results. The last day was clearly wave for the power surfers, and the day at The Box favoured the barrel-riders. Even still, the team beat all of our club teams (which based on our results, wasn’t a huge feat), and did score a respectable 840.

*Avg FS pts Margs pts
Taj Burrow $10,500,000 147 86
Jordy Smith $9,500,000 130 127
Adriano De Souza $8,250,000 133 102
Michel Bourez $7,250,000 113 200
Filipe Toledo $6,000,000 118 103
Travis Logie $3,250,000 92 38
Owen Wright $3,250,000 82 83
Yadin Nicol $1,500,000 66 101
Total: $49,500,000 881 840

*based on WCT performance wave results from 2012-2014

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2013 Results

ASP Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2013 Results

ASP Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2013 Results

2014 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

Starting to think about your Fantasy Surfer team for the 2014 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach? Here are last year’s results for this year’s surfers to get you started.

First: ADS
Second: Nat
Semis: Jordy, Taj
Quarters: Mick, Otton, Toledo
R5: Kerr, CJ, Ace, Raoni
R3: Parko, Slater, Julian, Medina, SeaBass, Flores, Bede, Kolohe, Muniz, Tiago
R2: Bourez, Owen, Wilko, Logie, Melling, Simpson

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: Taj vs Bede Re-run

ASP Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: Taj vs Bede re-run

ASP Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: Taj vs Bede re-run

“Breaking Bede” by Mimi LaMontagne

With 3 minutes left of R3:H1, Taj needed an 8.17 to catch Bede. Taj chose his wave and started paddling, but got his hand caught in Bede’s leash. The judges decided to re-run the heat at the end of the day. Crazy start and finish to the day. Here’s the video of the incident, as well as the ASP interview with Bede after the re-run.

Rather than drag himself home to have a cheeky cry, Taj went straight to the judges booth. And for good reason, because after a few hours of debate, a re-surf was called. According to some rule in some unknown ASP handbook, the situation had caused an impediment to Taj’s ability to surf the wave to his full potential, and therefore, to win the heat (and it did). So at the end of the day, after the whole of round three had finished and the waves were beyond gross, Taj and Bede paddled back out. Taj, determined. Bede, angry, cold and ropeable. But Bede went out with ferocity. -more-
– Mimi LaMontagne, Surfing Life