Shea Lopez

World Tour Pundit and former World Tour surfer

12.7.14

Fantasy Surfer

Pipeline Picks

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 […]

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10.10.14

Fantasy Surfer

Portugal Picks

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 […]

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9.23.14

Fantasy Surfer

France Picks

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.

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9.8.14

Features

Hurley Pro Picks

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.

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8.13.14

Features

Billabong Pro Tahiti Picks

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.

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7.8.14

Fantasy Surfer

J-Bay Picks

Shea Lopez on who to pick for your Fantasy Surfer team

As one of the more active phases in many years for the southern hemisphere winds down, this year's J-Bay event appears to be just in time to receive what remains of the bounty. After an initial pulse, all eyes will be shifting to the tail end of the event's waiting period in hopes for forecast charts to signal more of the astonishing quality J-Bay is known for.

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5.27.14

Fantasy Surfer

Fiji Picks

Shea Lopez on who to pick for your Fantasy Surfer team

When freesurfing, Gabriel blows minds with his radical approach and consistency. When competing, Gabriel still blows minds with his radical approach and consistency. I remember when it was common to say, "It would be great if people competed like they were freesurfing"...someone was listening in South America.

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5.5.14

Features

Rio Picks

Shea Lopez on who to pick for your Fantasy Surfer team

A tropical opposite to the veteran-favoring Bells event, Rio de Janeiro requires youthful exuberance to shine. The quick, thick, and challenging sandbars of Rio can be a tuberiding treat or aerial feast for those with the right skill set. It's a highly-charged atmosphere on the beach, which buckles some competitors and brings out the best in others. With a fun swell forecasted to kick off the waiting period, you can expect the Top 34 to showcase some great surfing in the opening rounds.

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4.14.14

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Bells Beach Picks

Shea Lopez on who to put on your Fantasy Surfer Team

Much to the chagrin of the ASP, this year's event windows have yet to sync up with any truly great swells. Instead, Mother Nature provided classic surf on the Gold Coast just after the event ended, and it looks like the same will happen shortly in West Oz. But at some point, their luck is bound to change. In fact, if you look at the forecast for Bells, all signs point to an epic Easter swell. This timing coincides perfectly with the Rip Curl Pro window, potentially setting up a climatic finish on Easter Sunday. For the Top 34, Easter blessings will be plentiful as some of the holiest water in surfing awaits them at the Bells Bowl. Although the Bowl offers only minor barrels, the speed and transition of that section will allow competitors to display some of the finest rail work of the year. Bourez, Jordy, Slater, Parko, and Fanning will be clear favorites if this terrific swell forecast holds true.

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3.28.14

Fantasy Surfer

Margaret River Picks

Shea Lopez on who to put on your Fantasy Surfer team for the Margaret River Pro

Experience is worth its weight in gold at Margaret River, and experience will determine who does well and who spends their heat getting caught inside, bouncing off the reef en route to a 36th-place finish. In this open-ocean locale, power surfing will seize the day.

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