Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Seeds & Heat Draw

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Seeds & Heat Draw 2015

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Seeds & Heat Draw 2015Here are the seeds and R1 heat draws (row=heat) heading in to the 2015 WSL Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal, the second event of the Euro leg.

H6: 1. Mick Fanning 24. Sebastian Zietz 36. Tiago Pires
H5: 2. Adriano De Souza 23. Kolohe Andino 35. Frederico Morais
H4: 3. Owen Wright 22. Michel Bourez 34. Vasco Ribeiro
H3: 4. Julian Wilson 21. Keanu Asing 33. Caio Ibelli
H2: 5. Gabriel Medina 20. Miguel Pupo 32. Mason Ho
H1: 6. Filipe Toledo 19. Jadson Andre 31. Tomas Hermes
H7: 7. Kelly Slater 18. Adrian Buchan 30. Aritz Aranburu
H8: 8. Italo Ferreira 17. Joel Parkinson 29. Brett Simpson
H9: 9. Jeremy Flores 16. Matt Wilkinson 28. Ricardo Christie
H10: 10. Nat Young 15. Kai Otton 27. Glen Hall
H11: 11. Bede Durbidge 14. John John Florence 26. CJ Hobgood
H12: 12. Josh Kerr 13. Wiggolly Dantas 25. Adam Melling

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Ross Williams Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Ross Williams Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em 2015

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Ross Williams Start 'Em, Sit 'Em 2015

Ross Williams’ picks

Ross Williams gives his start ’em, sit ’em pundit pick list for the 2015 Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal, the 10th stop on the WSL Championship Tour.

Start ‘Em: Medina, Kolohe, Mason
Sit ‘Em: Slater, Parko, Ricardo
Darkhorse: Ibelli

Supertubos is the ultimate platform for barrel riders and punt specialists. A steep shorebreak that resembles Stradbroke Island (Australia) or Pascuales (Mexico). Past winners include Mick Fanning, Julian Wilson, Kai Otton, Adriano de Souza and Kelly Slater. What do all these surfers have in common? They are all fast, light and resilient. They surf like gazelles. They approach the vert ramps with aggression and quickness. They adjust to Portugal’s simultaneously exciting yet constricting pockets for waves.

Now, before you go locking in your players based on this, keep in mind that the current forecast looks a bit small so the backup site of Belgas could come into play. Located on the other side of the peninsula, this beachbreak behaves quite different from Supertubos. Popular with the local surfers, this fun stretch of waves still lends itself well to the nimble, but it definitely provides a bit more breathing room for the big fellas to move. Like France, there are tides and ever-shifting sandbars to consider as well.

– Ross Williams -more-

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Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks 2015

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks 2015

Shea’s picks

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks his team for the 10th stop on the WSL Championship Tour.

With the world title now a two-horse race between Mick and Adriano (with Mick my likely pick to become world champion come season’s end), my focus will be on the surfers looking to make a statement for 2016. As a venue, Supertubos can be as challenging as any lineup in the world, breaking mere feet from the most enthusiastic crowd of surf fans found outside of Brazil. Current forecasts show some impressive swell tracking towards Supertubes, so pick your team accordingly.

– Shea Lopez -more-

Gabriel Medina $12,500,000
Josh Kerr $7,500,000
Joel Parkinson $7,500,000
Tiago Pires $1,500,000
Nat Young $7,250,000
Adrian Buchan $5,750,000
Mason Ho $1,500,000
John John Florence $6,750,000

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Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Groundswell’s Hot & Cold Picks

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Groundswell’s Hot & Cold Picks 2015

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Groundswell's Hot & Cold Picks 2015

Groundswell’s detailed write-up

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

HOT: Mick, Julian, Medina

COLD: Toledo, Parko, Kerr

BOOM OR BUST: JJF, Ace, Otton

CAUTION: Slater, Tiago, Unknown wildcards

– Groundswell -more-

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Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Past Results 2010-2014

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Past Results 2010-2014

Here are the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal winners and past results from 2010-2014.

Winner Runner-up Semis Quarters R5
2014 Mick Fanning Jordy Smith John John Florence
Kai Otton
Adam Melling
Adriano De Souza
Josh Kerr
Filipe Toledo
Brett Simpson
Bede Durbidge
Aritz Aranburu
Michel Bourez
2013 Kai Otton Nat Young Joel Parkinson
Josh Kerr
Julian Wilson
Mick Fanning
Jordy Smith
CJ Hobgood
Matt Wilkinson
John John Florence
Miguel Pupo
Taj Burrow
2012 Julian Wilson Gabriel Medina Joel Parkinson
Adriano De Souza
Josh Kerr
John John Florence
Owen Wright
Jeremy Flores
Kolohe Andino
Adrian Buchan
Mick Fanning
Raoni Monteiro
2011 Adriano De Souze Kelly Slater Taj Burrow
Bede Durbidge
Julian Wilson
Heitor Alves
Michel Bourez
Joel Parkinson
Chris Davidson
Damien Hobgood
Fred Patacchia
John John Florence
2010 Kelly Slater Jordy Smith Chris Davidson
Jeremy Flores
Adrian Buchan
Damien Hobgood
Owen Wright
Pat Gudauskas
Michel Bourez
Matt Wilkinson
Travis Logie

Quiksilver Pro France: Jimmicane’s Passion Picks

Quiksilver Pro France: Jimmicane’s Passion Picks 2015

Quiksilver Pro France: Jimmicane's Passion Picks 2015

Jimmicane’s Passion Picks

Surfing Magazine’s Jimmicane gives his passion picks for the 2015 Quiksilver Pro France, the 9th stop on the WSL Championship Tour.

It sure has been nice having a break between the Hurley Pro at Trestles and the 2015 Quiksilver Pro France. The extra time has allowed me to dig into some stats and get my game plan dialed for www.fantasygrudge.com. I’m up $250 over the past two events and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. But as always, I’ll share the inside info and let you in on some tips. Let’s go!

Medina
Slater
JJF
Jadson
Kolohe
Pupo
Bourez
SeaBass

– Jimmicane -more-

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Quiksilver Pro France: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks

Quiksilver Pro France: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks 2015

Quiksilver Pro France: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks 2015

Shea’s picks

Quiksilver Pro France: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks his team for the 9th stop on the WSL Championship Tour.

Thanks to Hurricane Joaquin meandering through the Atlantic, the small conditions currently on tap in France should be replaced by pumping swell and the chance to see some huge and epic conditions. For the uninitiated, that means being prepared for conditions every bit as big and challenging as Hawaii. Couple that with the notorious tides and shifting peaks—which will often transform dramatically in the scope of a single heat—and you’re left with one of the most difficult-yet-rewarding venues on tour. For my FS team I went with surfers that can produce in the playful 4-foot peaks we are accustomed to in France, as well as the potential to excel in massive surf at La Nord.

– Shea Lopez -more-

Owen Wright $9,750,000
Michel Bourez $5,500,000
John John Florence $6,250,000
Jeremy Flores $5,000,000
Joel Parkinson $8,250,000
Wiggolly Dantas $6,250,000
Dane Reynolds $1,500,000

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Quiksilver Pro France: Seeds & Heat Draw

Quiksilver Pro France: Seeds & Heat Draw 2015

Quiksilver Pro France: Seeds & Heat Draw 2015Here are the seeds and R1 heat draws (row=heat) heading in to the 2015 WSL Quiksilver Pro France, the first event of the Euro leg.

note: Taj, Freddy-P, Banting & Jordy have officially withdrawn.

H6: 1. Mick Fanning 24. Michel Bourez 36. Maxime Huscenot
H5: 2. Adriano De Souza 23. Keanu Asing 35. Caio Ibelli
H4: 3. Filipe Toledo 22. Adam Melling 34. Tomas Hermes
H3: 4. Owen Wright 21. Sebastian Zietz 33. Dane Reynolds
H2: 5. Julian Wilson 20. Miguel Pupo 32. Aritz Aranburu
H1: 6. Kelly Slater 19. Jadson Andre 31. Brett Simpson
H7: 7. Gabriel Medina 18. Matt Wilkinson 30. Dusty Payne
H8: 8. Jeremy Flores 17. John John Florence 29. Alejo Muniz
H9: 9. Italo Ferreira 16. Adrian Buchan 28. Ricardo Christie
H10: 10. Nat Young 15. Bede Durbidge 27. Glen Hall
H11: 11. Josh Kerr 14. Kai Otton 26. Kolohe Andino
H12: 12. Wiggolly Dantas 13. Joel Parkinson 25. CJ Hobgood

Quiksilver Pro France: Ross Williams Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

Quiksilver Pro France: Ross Williams Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em 2015

Quiksilver Pro France: Ross Williams Start 'Em, Sit 'Em 2015

Ross Williams’ picks

Ross Williams gives his start ’em, sit ’em pundit pick list for the 2015 Quiksilver Pro France, the 9th stop on the WSL Championship Tour.

Start ‘Em: Owen, Italo, Jordy
Sit ‘Em: Slater, Bourez, Dusty
Darkhorse: SeaBass

Patience and timing are the keys to success on the European leg of the Championship Tour. Big tides, multiple delays and long afternoons are the norm at the Quiksilver Pro France, making for a challenging platform to get keeper scores. This is typically where some of the veterans and definitely the positive-vibe warriors will have an advantage.

Surfers who stay on top of the conditions and handle themselves through the grueling waiting period can take advantage of those who might be complacent. La Graviere and Estagnots can vary from heavy pits to high-performance rip current banks that produce shreddy waves. It’s no wonder John John Florence won this event last year–he basically ticked all the boxes mentioned above. Maybe the most important attribute to look for in your picks is someone who keeps the groove and can adapt to challenging conditions. In other words, the headstrong are the warriors of choice.

– Ross Williams -more-

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