Shea Lopez

World Tour Pundit and former World Tour surfer

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

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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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2.27.14

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Snapper Picks

Shea Lopez on who to put on your Fantasy Surfer team for the Quik Pro at Snapper

In previous attempts at Snapper, Dane has struggled with thin lips and soft shoulders. Like Jordy, his brash attacks benefit from more powerful waves. Despite needing a pulsing ocean to truly shine, I still put Dane on my team for Snapper. He's far from a sure thing, but he's a breath of fresh air for the sport whenever he touches the water.

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2.27.14

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Top 34 Review

Shea Lopez breaks down the 2014 World Tour roster

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12.5.13

Features

Pipe Masters Preview

Shea Lopez on who to pick for your Fantasy Surfer team heading into Pipe

Mick has surely learned a thing or two from his close friend Andy Irons, who dominated Pipe and Backdoor in any conditions, earned four Pipeline Masters victories, and put Kelly on the defensive as no one had before or has since. With Mick now playing the antagonist to professional surfing's omnipotent hero, he’d do well to channel Andy in the lineup. Don’t expect peace signs, high fives, or sweet nothings to be exchanged between these two ultimate competitors as they tear their way toward the Title. It’s going to be one heck of a show.

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10.8.13

Fantasy Surfer

Portugal Preview

Shea Lopez on who to pick for your Fantasy Surfer team

After Hossegor, I’m having a hard time believing my own eyes. I watched judges reward the kind of conservative surfing that won heats a decade ago, while more progressive surfing took a backseat. Even the surfers known for constantly pushing what is possible on a wave were pumping the brakes and surfing beneath themselves to cater to the judges’ preferences—which have clearly favored tour veterans.

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