Margaret River Pro: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks

Margaret River Pro: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks 2016

Margaret River Pro: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks 2016

Shea’s detailed write-up

Margaret River Pro: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks his team for the 2016 contest in West Oz.

Much like Bells, Margaret River is exposed to the brunt of open-ocean swells and the unruly weather associated with them. The waves at Main Break are a challenging mix of slabbing lefts and rights, wrought with constantly morphing sections and sloping walls that shift with the tides. In the past, surfers who’ve shined at Margarets were able to have the foresight and good sense to switch out their equipment based on the ever-changing lineup. When it came to picking my Fantasy Team, I opted for surfers who could adjust well and roll with the myriad conditions on offer in WA.

– Shea Lopez -more-

Kelly Slater $6,500,000
Joel Parkinson $7,000,000
Conner Coffin $4,000,000
Matt Wilkinson $7,500,000
Caio Ibelli $5,000,000
Josh Kerr $6,000,000
Jordy Smith $7,000,000
John John Florence $7,000,000

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Billabong Pipe Masters: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks

Billabong Pipe Masters: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks 2015

Billabong Pipe Masters: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks 2015

Shea’s picks

Billabong Pipe Masters: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks his fantasy team for the 11th and final stop on the 2015 WSL Championship Tour.

As the 2015 season comes to a close and the collective focus of the surfing world shifts toward Pipeline, we’re left with a bevy of World Title scenarios and a solid near-term forecast. The early rounds of the event are sure to pack fireworks as competitors gunning for requalification stare down World Title contenders. As a venue, Pipe is our coliseum, and the World Tour surfers are our gladiators. To do well here, you’ll have to be ferocious, calculating, and ready to push yourself over the ledge. It’s this mindset that has set the tone for my Fantasy team.

– Shea Lopez -more-

Kelly Slater $10,000,000
Owen Wright $9,250,000
Italo Ferreira $7,750,000
Josh Kerr $7,500,000
John John Florence $6,250,000
Wiggolly Dantas $4,750,000
Dusty Payne $3,000,000
Bruce Irons $1,500,000

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Billabong Pipe Masters: Ross Williams Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

Billabong Pipe Masters: Ross Williams Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em 2015

Billabong Pipe Masters: Ross Williams Start 'Em, Sit 'Em 2015

Ross Williams’ picks

Ross Williams gives his start ’em, sit ’em fantasy pundit pick list for the 2015 Billabong Pipe Masters, the 11th and final stop on the WSL Championship Tour.

Start ‘Em: Medina, JJF, CJ
Sit ‘Em: Toledo, Wilko, Hall
Darkhorse: Bruce Irons

With a great forecast on offer we should see a traditional looking lineup at Pipe and heavy Pipe favors brave surfers. I’m looking to load up my team with guys who love to put themselves right under the hood at Pipe, maximizing the surf with nothing but evil little smirks on their faces.

The men who can comfortably put themselves in the right spot when those thick slabs come marching in from second reef will be marching through heats. Plus, true Pipe Masters are able match guts with technique. The big winners will comfortably slide down the face and tuck into the barrel with the lip chasing them down. These are the players you want on your team when the waves are pumping at Pipeline.

– Ross Williams -more-

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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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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: 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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Quiksilver Pro France: Groundswell’s Hot & Cold Picks

Quiksilver Pro France: Groundswell’s Hot & Cold Picks 2015

Quiksilver Pro France: Groundswell's Hot & Cold Picks 2015

Groundswell’s detailed write-up

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

HOT: Mick, Toledo, ADS

COLD: Simpson, JJF, Wilko

BOOM OR BUST: Bourez, Kerr, Melling

CAUTION: Slater, Jordy, Banting

– Groundswell -more-

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