Hurley Pro Trestles: Red Bull Cheat Sheet

Hurley Pro Trestles: Red Bull Cheat Sheet 2014

Hurley Pro Trestles: Red Bull Cheat Sheet

Red Bull Cheat Sheet

Derek Rielly and Chris Binns gives their predictions and picks for the 2014 Hurley Pro at Trestles.

Derek Rielly:

WINNER: Filipe Toledo
FINAL: Kolohe Andino vs Filipe Toledo
DARK HORSE: Julian Wilson
STAY AWAY FROM: Kelly Slater
SURPRISE: Mitch Crews and Adriano de Souza

Chris Binns:

WINNER: Kelly Slater
FINAL: Kolohe Andino vs Kelly Slater
DARK HORSE: Sebastian Zietz
STAY AWAY FROM: Joel Parkinson
SURPRISE: Carlos Munoz and Bede Durbidge

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Hurley Pro Trestles Pundit Picks: The Blind Team

Hurley Pro Trestles Pundit Picks: The Blind Team 2014

Hurley Pro Trestles Pundit Picks: The Blind Team 2014

Surfer Stats

Shea Lopez, Derek Rielly, Nick Carroll, Ross Williams, Groundswell and the other pundits offer great insight into the surfers when offering their pundit picks. We do it differently. For our Fantasy Surfer pundit picks, we look at the numbers and not the surfers’ names. We go in blind. For Trestles, the Blind Team is picked based on past results in performance waves (vs barreling or power waves). 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. Take it for what it’s worth. The Hurley Pro Trestles Pundit Picks: The Blind Team.

Team Trestles Avg pts (performance waves*)
Michel Bourez $9,000,000 132
Jordy Smith $8,000,000 129
Adriano De Souza $8,750,000 126
Filipe Toledo $4,000,000 108
Julian Wilson $6,750,000 102
Sebastian Zietz $5,000,000 99
John John Florence $6,750,000 98
wildcard $1,500,000 50
Total: $49,750,000 843
*Performance waves: Margaret River 2014, Rio 2012-2014, Steamer Lane 2013, Trestles 2012/2013, France 2013, Snapper 2012
Past results wave type FS Points FS Rank
Team Teahupo’o barrels 822 #11,818
Team J-Bay power 843 #1,559
Team Fiji barrels 600 #26,727
Team Rio performance 837 #1,044
Team Bells power 710 #17,472
Team Margs performance 840 #1,033

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Billabong Pro Tahiti Power Rankings: Derek Rielly

Billabong Pro Tahiti Power Rankings: Derek Rielly 2014

Billabong Pro Tahiti Power Rankings: Derek Rielly 2014

Derek Rielly’s Power Rankings

Derek Rielly gives his Power Rankings after the Billabong Pro Tahiti as we head into the Hurley Pro at Trestles.

1. Gabriel Medina 6. Taj Burrow
2. Kelly Slater 7. Mick Fanning
3. John John Florence 8. Bede Durbidge
4. Kolohe Andino 9. Nat Young
5. Joel Parkinson 10. Josh Kerr

With a theatrical innocence, Gabriel threw aside bravado for studied consistency. Gabriel knows. He knows that Mick Fanning has won three world titles from a shadowy, do-what-it-takes-to-win-but-never-more approach. He wasn’t there to make online viewers or channel jockies clap their hands and shriek with delight. Leave that to Owen Wright, to Kai Otton, to John John and Kelly. And so for the week of competition, Gabriel caught two medium-sized waves in every heat, rode them as well as a wave could be ridden, but never so close to the edge that he might fall off, and beat the Greatest Athlete ever.

– Derek Rielly -more-

Billabong Pro Teahupoo Pundit Red Bull Cheat Sheet

Billabong Pro Teahupoo Pundit Red Bull Cheat Sheet

Billabong Pro Teahupoo Pundit Red Bull Cheat Sheet

Red Bull Cheat Sheet

Derek Rielly gives his predictions and picks for the 2014 contest in Tahiti.

WINNER: Kelly Slater
FINAL: CJ Hobgood vs Kelly Slater
DARK HORSE: Taj Burrow
STAY AWAY FROM: John John Florence
SURPRISE: Adriano de Souza

This is Kelly’s last year promenading on tour. No more will it feel like 11pm on a warm and humid Harlem night, with Kelly’s skin glistening. Kelly knows it, knows this is his last flip of the coin, and as a surf fan you might wanna pay more attention to that little desktop screen. Tahiti, Europe, Hawaii and then he’s done. And so his air at Teahupoo will be more serious. Kelly is fully aware that a win will secure his legacy. And so he will win, possessing a power that will obliterate the rest.

– Derek Rielly -more

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Billabong Pro Teahupoo Tahiti Pundit Picks: The Blind Team

Billabong Pro Teahupoo Tahiti Pundit Picks: The Blind Team 2014

Billabong Pro Teahupoo Tahiti Pundit Picks: The Blind Team 2014

Surfer Stats

Shea Lopez, Derek Rielly, Nick Carroll, Ross Williams, Groundswell and the other pundits offer great insight into the surfers when offering their pundit picks. We do it differently. For our Fantasy Surfer pundit picks, we look at the numbers and not the surfers’ names. We go in blind. For Teahupo’o, the Blind Team is picked based on past results in barreling waves (vs power or performance). 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. The Billabong Pro Teahupoo Tahiti Pundit Picks: The Blind Team.

Team Teahupo’o Avg pts (barreling waves*)
Kelly Slater $11,500,000 159
Josh Kerr $8,000,000 117
Julian Wilson $7,750,000 109
John John Florence $6,750,000 130
CJ Hobgood $5,500,000 126
Sebastian Zietz $5,000,000 93
Owen Wright $3,250,000 111
wildcard $1,500,000 50
Total: $49,250,000 895
*Barreling waves: Pipe 2012/2103, Tahiti 2012/2013, Bali 2013, Fiji 2012/2013
Past results wave type FS Points FS Rank
Team J-Bay power 843 #1,559
Team Fiji barrels 600 #26,727
Team Rio performance 837 #1,044
Team Bells power 710 #17,472
Team Margs performance 840 #1,033

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ASP J-Bay Open Power Rankings Derek Rielly

ASP J-Bay Open Power Rankings Derek Rielly 2014

ASP J-Bay Open Power Rankings Derek Rielly

Derek Rielly’s Power Rankings

Derek Rielly gives his Power Rankings after the J-Bay Open as we head into the Billabong Pro Teahupoo in Tahiti.

1. Kolohe Andino 6. Adriano De Souza
2. Joel Parkinson 7. Kelly Slater
3. Mick Fanning 8. Michel Bourez
4. Taj Burrow 9. Matt WIlkinson
5. Gabriel Medina 10. Jordy Smith

Did you see Kolohe drain the life out of his opponent, Julian Wilson, whose own body seems to have lost its magic rhythm? Women shrieked on the beach hysterically. Others snorted and whistled and laughed like hyenas. I place Kolohe Andino at number one because has there ever been such a dramatic change in form? In the space of four months, Kolohe has changed from a precious little princess grimly tagging waves to a long-haired albatross soaring skyward, and damn the consequences. I swear, if he wanted, Kolohe could unfurl his tongue and catch flies straight out of mid-air!

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ASP J-Bay Open Lessons Learned

ASP J-Bay Open Lessons Learned 2014

ASP J-Bay Open Lessons Learned 2014

Five Lessons by Derek Rielly

Derek Rielly gives five lessons learned as the tour passes the half way point and Mick Fanning launches his run at the J-Bay Open.

Fanning’s second win for the year takes him to third on the ratings, equal with Gabriel Medina at the top once throwaways are factored in, while Parkinson’s continued consistency sees him skip to three. Elsewhere among the big dogs Taj Burrow maintains fourth, Michel Bourez and Kelly Slater drop three places to fifth and sixth respectively, then comes the mighty Adriano de Souza in seventh. All of these men would consider themselves a chance at the title, beyond them only a very desperate punter would part with his leaves.

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ASP J-Bay Open Lessons Learned Day 3

ASP J-Bay Open Lessons Learned Day 3 2014

ASP J-Bay Open Lessons Learned Day 3

Five Lessons by Derek Rielly

Derek Rielly gives five lessons learned as many of the heavy hitters are eliminated from the J-Bay Open 2014.

Watching the 11-timer struggle so desperately to find some kinda form this year has been like finding a grey hair on your own head. You know it has to happen, but the shock is immeasurable; a mixture of hurt, fear and contempt for the ageing process. Switching between three and four fins doesn’t work for the most pitiful surfers, nor does it work for the greatest, apparently. To watch Slater bend at the waist as he lands out of the lip, as he wave his hands for balance and as he adopts a safety stance between turns is as ghastly as anything committed by the new rulers of the caliphate. On paper, Slater can still win the world title. He won’t.

– Derek Rielly -more-