J-Bay Open: Nick Carroll’s Picks

J-Bay Open: Nick Carroll’s Picks 2015

Nick's picks

Nick’s picks

Nick Carroll gives his pundit review of the J-Bay Open in South Africa, the sixth stop on the WSL Championship Tour.

SPEED: Parko, Jordy, Slater, Mick, Bede, Melling, ADS, Toledo, Keanu
WEIGHT: Parko, Jordy, Slater, Mick, Owen, Julian, Bede, Ace, Ricardo, Dane, ADS
VISION: Toledo, Wilko, Jordy, Italo, Kolohe, Julian, Freddy-P
PRIORITY: ADS, Mick, Slater, Owen

OK here comes the most testing event of 2015. Jeffreys Bay, we sense, is about to put the top 34 through the goddam wringer.

– Nick Carroll -more-

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J-Bay Open: Ross Williams Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

J-Bay Open: Ross Williams Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em 2015

J-Bay Open: Ross Williams Start 'Em, Sit 'Em 2015

Ross Williams’ picks

Ross Williams gives his start ’em, sit ’em pundit pick list for the 2015 J-Bay Open in South Africa, the sixth stop on the WSL Championship Tour.

Start ‘Em: Julian, Wilko, Keanu
Sit ‘Em: Kerr, Jadson, Hall
Darkhorse: Melling

Cloudbreak and Supertubes both require a high surfing IQ: Surfers who match their tempo with the speed of the wave have the most success. You need to take in the information the wall ahead is giving well before the time comes to launch your choice of maneuvers. That’s what makes guys like Tom Curren, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson and Jordy Smith so great at Jeffreys Bay. Just like Fiji, J-Bay can be inconsistent, so a surfer’s ability to shrug off the pressure while he waits for that one perfect wave is key.

– Ross Williams -more-

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J-Bay Open: Groundswell’s Hot & Cold Picks

J-Bay Open: Groundswell’s Hot & Cold Picks 2015

J-Bay Open: Groundswell's Hot & Cold Picks 2015

Groundswell’s detailed write-up

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

HOT: Mick, Parko, Bourez

COLD: CJ, Medina, ADS

BOOM OR BUST: JJF, Jordy, Dusty

CAUTION: Flores

– Groundswell -more-

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Fiji Pro: Jimmicane’s Passion Picks

Fiji Pro: Jimmicane’s Passion Picks 2015

Jimmicane's Passion Picks

Jimmicane’s Passion Picks

Surfing Magazine’s Jimmicane gives his passion picks for the 2015 Fiji Pro, the fifth stop on the WSL Championship Tour.

Pick ’em
The Elite: Nat, Fanning
The Grinders: Medina, Slater, Wiggolly, Taj
The Strugglers: Freddy-P, Dane

Maybe consider
The Elite: ADS
The Grinders: Pupo
The Strugglers: CJ

You should also consider Aritz Aranburu just for shits. How funny would if be if you did and he made the finals? You’d basically be Rainman. #worthit

– Jimmicane -more-

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Fiji Pro: Nick Carroll’s Picks

Fiji Pro: Nick Carroll’s Picks 2015

Nick's picks

Nick’s picks

Nick Carroll gives his pundit review of the Fiji Pro, the fifth stop on the WSL Championship Tour.

Momentum: Toledo, Wilko, Bede, Jadson, Ricardo
Experience: Mick, ADS, Parko, Flores, Medina
Experience++: Slater
Frothing: Pupo, Jadson, CJ, Seabass, Otton, Jay Davies
Likes: Kerr, Owen, Nat

Cloudbreak is probably the best WCT wave in the world, not as gladiatorial as Pipe maybe, or as fearsome as large Teahupo’o, but more open to a wide range of surfing styles; everyone’s got a shot, and many heats will come down to the fall of the set waves through priority. Armchair experts will be muttering about how the big older power guys will be putting it to the light-footed kids but we suspect it may turn out a bit more complex than that.

Who will? Like we said, anyone’s in with a shot. A great board or two may turn things. So might momentum. So might experience. So might froth.

– Nick Carroll -more-

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Fiji Pro: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks

Fiji Pro: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks 2015

Fiji Pro: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks 2015

Shea’s detailed write-up

Fiji Pro: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks his team for the fifth stop on the WSL Championship Tour.

Once you’ve experienced it in person, the mesmerizing allure of Cloudbreak burns an indelible impression upon you. A kaleidoscope of colors and shapes, the waves there remind us that we are living in a world that must be seen to be believed. The waves can be so perfect that unseasoned competitors will often take on a deer-in-headlights look as they stare off into this heavenly setup. (If you haven’t guessed it by now, I enjoyed my time competing at the Fiji Pro more than any other stop on Tour.) For Kelly Slater, Owen Wright, and a few others, the options that span the vast expanse of Cloudbreak are easy to read and exploit to their liking. For others, drawing the right lines amid this pristine canvas can be more difficult than it appears.

– Shea Lopez -more-

Kelly Slater $9,750,000
Gabriel Medina $10,500,000
CJ Hobgood $3,000,000
Fred Patacchia $4,500,000
Owen Wright $8,250,000
Julian Wilson $7,250,000
Wiggolly Dantas $4,500,000
Dusty Payne $3,250,000

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Fiji Pro: Ross Williams Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

Fiji Pro: Ross Williams Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em 2015

Fiji Pro: Ross Williams Start 'Em, Sit 'Em 2015

Ross Williams’ picks

Ross Williams gives his start ’em, sit ’em pundit pick list for the 2015 Fiji Pro, the fifth stop on the WSL Championship Tour.

Start ‘Em: Owen, Wiggolly, Ace
Sit ‘Em: Toledo, Bede, Hall
Darkhorse: Flores

Cloudbreak and Restaurants are the two spots where the action will go down. Although they’re not without challenges, they provide a reliable platform when the waves show up. Sure, it can be windy and sets can be a little on the inconsistent side at times, but when a set does come you can almost guarantee that the wave will provide an eight-point ride or higher provided that you utilize its strengths.

– Ross Williams -more-

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Fiji Pro: Groundswell’s Hot & Cold Picks

Fiji Pro: Groundswell’s Hot & Cold Picks 2015

Fiji Pro: Groundswell's Hot & Cold Picks 2015

Groundswell’s detailed write-up

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

HOT: Slater, Owen, Medina

COLD: Parko, Jordy, CJ

BOOM OR BUST: JJF, Kolohe, Dusty

CAUTION: local wildcards, budget crunch

– Groundswell -more-

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Oi Rio Pro: Jimmicane’s Passion Picks

Oi Rio Pro: Jimmicane’s Passion Picks 2015

Oi Rio Pro: Jimmicane's Passion Picks 2015

Jimmicane’s Passion Picks

Surfing Magazine’s Jimmicane gives his passion picks for the 2015 Oi Rio Pro, the fourth stop on the WSL Championship Tour.

Pick ’em
The Elite: Toledo, Taj
The Grinders: Medina, Slater, Jordy, Jadson
The Strugglers: Kolohe, Banting

Maybe consider
The Elite: ADS
The Grinders: SeaBass
The Strugglers: Alejo

I thought long and hard about this one but in the end decided not to throw [Adriano] on my team. After looking over the past 4 years of results, it’s solid. 9th, 2nd, 5th, 1st. Sure the win came in unison with floatergate, but for an event that’s basically a crapshoot, Adriano shows solid consistency. Unfortunately, Passion Picks doesn’t give a shit about consistency. And of course, his dream run is bound to end at some point. Maybe it’s unlikely to think it ends in Brazil, but I want a good title race and Adriano is currently in the way of that by doing too well.

– Jimmicane -more-

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Oi Rio Pro: Surfline Preview

Oi Rio Pro: Surfline Preview 2015

Oi Rio Pro: Surfline Preview 2015

Surfline preview

Ben Mondy gives a preview of what we can expect at the Oi Rio Pro, the fourth stop on the WSL Championship Tour.

Watch for: Toledo, Medina, ADS, JJF, Kolohe, Kerr, Julian, Banting, Ferreira, Taj, Mick, Flores, Dusty, Jordy

While the haters may debate the sometimes marginal conditions, Rio does provide surf that 99% of us can relate to. There is also a real tuberiding element to the competition, as Barra da Tijuca has the potential to provide sand-dredging barrels, given a push of south swell, but only if the shifting sands align.

– Ben Mondy-more-

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