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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Billabong Pro Teahupoo Tahiti Pundit Picks Nick Carroll

Billabong Pro Teahupoo Tahiti Pundit Picks Nick Carroll 2014

Billabong Pro Teahupoo Tahiti Pundit Picks Nick Carroll 2014

Nick Carroll’s break down

Surfing Life’s pundit Nick Carroll breaks the field down into three categories:

IN THEIR ELEMENT: JJF, Kelly, Owen, Parko, Mick, Ace, Raoni

DANGER MEN: Freddy-P, SeaBass, Kerr, CJ, Otton, Tuemata, Hedge

SEE WHAT THEY’RE MADE OF: Bourez, Medina, Wilko, Pupo, Julian

Look, not to get too many hopes up, but this event is gonna go next level. Each year it’s the wildcard in the pack, and in 2014 it’ll probably behave like one. Whoever takes out the Billabong Pro may well eventually lay claim to the greatest contest win of the WCT year.

– Nick Carroll -more-

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ASP J-Bay Open Pundit Picks: The Blind Team

ASP J-Bay Open Pundit Picks: The Blind Team 2014

ASP J-Bay Open Pundit Picks: The Blind Team 2014

Average FS Points by Wave Type

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 J-Bay, the Blind Team is picked based on past results in power waves (vs barrels 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 ASP J-Bay Open Pundit Picks: The Blind Team.

Team J-Bay Avg pts (power waves*)
Mick Fanning $11,250,000 147
Adriano De Souza $9,500,000 120
Josh Kerr $8,000,000 111
Bede Durbidge $5,750,000 94
CJ Hobgood $5,500,000 94
Miguel Pupo $4,750,000 86
Owen Wright $3,250,000 84
wildcard $1,500,000 50
Total: $49,500,000 785
*Power waves: Snapper 2013/2014, Bells 2012/2013/2014, Margaret River 2014
Past results wave type FS Points FS Rank
Fiji barrels 600 #26,727
Rio performance 837 #1,044
Bells Beach power 710 #17,472
Margaret River performance 840 #1,033

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ASP Fiji Pro Preview Nick Carroll

ASP Fiji Pro Preview Nick Carroll 2014

ASP Fiji Pro Preview Nick Carroll 2014

Nick Carroll’s preview

Nick Carroll gives an early preview of the forecast, the judging criteria, and who to might catch the biggest fish.

The boys face a slow start to their waiting period with a deflation in the storm energies beneath Australia. Small fingers of swell will reach up out of the Roaring Forties in the early part of June but whether any of ‘em eventuate in a surfable day is hard to say. Something stronger is on the distant forecast, arriving from the SSW around June 6, but it may be disrupted by storm action close to the Australian east coast. A lot of guesswork in this part of the forecast but the waiting period is long and the opportunities will come, though perhaps not in the vein of recent years. Like, nobody’s gonna be needing their 9’0”quad.

In the men’s, this event has been dominated by Kelly for a while but we’re going out on a limb and suggesting that 2014 might change things. Big Cloudbreak and super hollow Restaurants don’t look like they’ll be on the menu, at least not as frequently as in recent years, and there’s plenty of surfers who can match it with the king in non-surreal Fijian surf. We’re calling a close eye on Gabriel Medina, Nat Young, and Taj, with JJF, Sebastian Zietz, CJ Hobgood and Owen Wright potentially in the mix by the quarters. That of course aside from the big guns and Michel Bourez, who has a record of going hot and cold but who also has never won two out of four WCT events before. Wilko is our outside pick for a good result in Fiji; he has everything to surf for and nothing to lose.

– Nick Carroll -more-

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 Picks: The Blind Team

2014 ASP Billabong Rio Pro Pundit Picks The Blind Team

2014 ASP Billabong Rio Pro Pundit Picks The Blind Team

Surfer Stats

Shea Lopez, Derek Rielly, Nick Carroll, 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. The Blind Team did OK at Margs (840 pts, #1033 rank), but didn’t fair so hot at Bells (710 pts, #17472 rank). For Rio, we picked our team based on past results in performance waves (vs power 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. Billabong Rio Pro Pundit Picks: The Blind Team.

Avg pts (performance waves*)
Taj Burrow $10,750,000 147
Adriano De Souza $8,250,000 133
Jordy Smith $9,750,000 130
Michel Bourez $7,500,000 112
Filipe Toledo $5,750,000 119
Owen Wright $3,250,000 82
Travis Logie $3,000,000 91
Peterson Crisanto $1,500,000 40
Total: $49,750,000 854
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 2012/2013/2014, Margaret River 2014

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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 Pundit Analysis by Nick Carroll

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Pundit Analysis by Nick Carroll to help with Fantasy Surfer.

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Pundit analysis Nick Carroll 2014

analysis by Nick Carroll

Nick Carroll is a long time surfer and surf writer including a book on his brother the 1983 & 1984 World Tour Champion: TC, the story of Tom Carroll. Here Nick gives his pundit analysis of what to expect at the ASP Drug Aware Margaret River Pro 2014 for Surfing Life.

It’s still just the start of a long 2014 and it’s a major venue change from Snapper, so we can expect to see some surprising form and results switches. Obviously there’ll be eyes on Gabriel Medina and Joel Parkinson after their big finale two weeks ago, but other than Snapper’s top four, major threats will include Nat Young –whose Quik Pro form was dazzling and who has an instinctive connection with cool-water reef waves –and we suspect Owen Wright, who may not yet feel fully confident of his ability to win a WCT again but whose skills look if anything a fraction stronger than pre-injury. We also feel that Julian Wilson will be carrying over some emotional energy from his loss at Snapper and may bring something extra to his heats as a result. -more-
– Nick Carroll

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