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
See who our Fantasy Surfer pundit put on his team for Cloudbreak
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
Shea Lopez offers some insider knowledge for picking your Fantasy Surfer team
The current world champion, Gabriel Medina, is Brazilian; the current world number one, Adriano De Souza, is Brazilian; the winner of the last WSL event at Lowers, Filipe Toledo, is Brazilian. What in the world is in the water down in Brazil? The turbo-charged atmosphere that surrounds their surf scene is producing some of the
Mr. Lopez drops his Fantasy Surfer advice for the Drug Aware Pro
For this event, my FS team is composed of surfers with the experience and skill to successfully navigate the fiery, open-ocean conditions we’re hoping to see for this comp.
Shea Lopez breaks down his Fantasy Surfer team for the Rip Curl Pro
Heading into Torquay, it’s do-or-die time for the tour. Historically, you’ll see five world title contenders break from the pack here.
Shea Lopez breaks down his Fantasy Surfer team for the Pipeline Masters
Over the years, the Pipe Masters has played host to a slew of world title showdowns. As the waiting period approaches, surf fans from across the world are on edge as we approach another nail-biting, world-title-deciding event. As a young prodigy from Brazil, Gabriel Medina will be looking to withstand late surges from seasoned veteran
Shea Lopez on who to pick for the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal
While the Top 34 trek from France to Portugal, a rather large storm is pulling together directly into the swell window for Supertubes. For Kelly Slater, the large swell should allow an easier path to the final and a continued shrinking of Medina’s lead going into Pipeline. But don’t count out the dark horses in this
Shea Lopez on who to pick for the Quik Pro France
Gabriel has continued to refine his mastery of the competitive system, and by all accounts looks too calculated, consistent, and strong for anyone or anything to derail him from his track to the world title. There's always room for improvement, but it's hard to find fault in the actions that have placed Gabriel well out in front of all challengers. With Medina's act so well suited to France, he's likely to make a lot of heats there. If that happens, the world title race realistically becomes a done deal.
Shea Lopez on who to put on your Fantasy Surfer team for Lowers
Unless someone else goes on an incredible winning streak, we will likely see Gabriel coast into his first world title this year. With a string of consistent performances showcasing his freakish ability honed to the competitive format, Gabriel's executing has been flawless. Gabriel is the first since Kelly to command heats from such a young age. Lowers is Gabriel's ideal wave, and it will be all too easy for him to score 9's and above on any wave. Competitors will be forced to surf far beyond their comfort zone to have any chance of winning against him.
Shea Lopez on who to pick for your Fantasy Surfer team
Having an abundance of talent doesn't necessarily promise success in the professional surfing world. A strong desire is always necessary. When you are willing to dedicate your entire youth to achieving competitive success, you just might become world champ before you become a man. Kelly did just that, and Medina is looking more and more likely to follow in his footsteps.