Shea Lopez

World Tour Pundit and former World Tour surfer

6.1.16

Fantasy Surfer

Shea’s Picks for Fiji

Your Fantasy Surfer guide for the Fiji Pro

There are very few locations on this bright, blue planet that are as appealing to a surfer as Fiji. Plain and simple, Tavarua is a paradise. But one quick glance toward the reef on your first boat ride out to Cloudbreak and you’ll instantly recognize that paradise also comes with a sharp set of teeth. Cloudbreak is

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5.5.16

Fantasy Surfer

Shea’s Picks for Rio

Your insider's cheat sheet for Fantasy Surfer

Coming from Florida, I’ve always thought that Brazil got a bad rap when it came to their waves. With a spectacular coastline offering up all types of surf, Rio is Brazil’s Huntington Beach — except that Rio is a dumping and wedging shorepound, capable of producing powerful surf perfectly suited for big airs, big moves,

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4.5.16

Fantasy Surfer

Shea’s Picks For Margaret River

Who to watch as the Tour heads back to 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

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3.21.16

Blogs

Shea’s Picks For Bells

Your Fantasy Surfer guide for the Rip Curl Pro

As a venue, Bells requires its champs to have a well-honed rail game and a mastery of its notorious walls. Not for the faint of heart, nor the weak-legged, Bells has been known to expose even the slightest of flaws. In the past, Occy and Curren would famously opt to ride bigger boards when the bowl was breaking,

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3.4.16

Blogs

Shea’s Fantasy Surfer Picks for the Gold Coast

All you need to know before the World Tour returns

It’s hard to imagine anything stealing the focus from the El Nino-fueled winter that the North Pacific has experienced, but the Gold Coast’s Superbank has been on an absolute tear as of late. And right now, with the event’s holding period inching closer, the forecasts for the comp look promising. For my Fantasy team, I’m

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10.19.15

Blogs

Shea’s Picks for Portugal

Insider Trading Picks for your Fantasy Surfer Team

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

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10.4.15

Features

Shea’s Picks for the Quik Pro France

Your Fantasy Surfer Guide to France

From where I stand, Dane is the best thing about the WSL and including him as a wildcard is a sign that they understand his value to the sport. After all, including one of the best surfers and fan favorites with the tour makes perfect sense.

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9.7.15

Hurley Pro

Shea’s Picks for Lowers

Your Fantasy Surfing Guide for the Hurley Pro

San Clemente, California is to the United States as Coolangatta, Queensland is to Australia. With Lowers serving as the foundation for this bustling surf community, this incredibly playful and uniform wave drew me and my brother, Cory, to set up a residence there during our time competing on the World Tour. Drawing in top talents

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8.11.15

Features

Shea’s Fantasy Surfer Picks For Teahupoo

Insider knowledge for your Fantasy Surfer roster

At a wave like Teahupoo, it pays to be tenacious. This is no place for the timid, the sitting ducks, the uninitiated. When the horizon darkens and the channel erupts in a fit of rabid spectators calling you into a wave that could very well kill you, there’s no room for hesitation. To win heats

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7.6.15

Features

Shea’s Picks for J-Bay

Our Fantasy Surfer pundit breaks down his team for J-Bay

J-Bay is one of those few locales that can take an unruly open-ocean swell and transform it into corduroy perfection. Serving up everything from an easy entry and racing wall to ruler-edged tube sections that appear to stretch on forever, J-Bay truly has it all. Watching the tour’s upper echelon— Slater, Smith, Parko, Fanning— maximize every

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