Shea Lopez

World Tour Pundit and former World Tour surfer

4.14.14

Features

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

Features

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

Photos

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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9.23.13

Fantasy Surfer

France Preview

Shea Lopez on who to pick for your Fantasy Surfer team in Hossegor

For Hossegor, there is a glimmer of hope on the charts for some surf by the end of the waiting period. But if it doesn’t deliver, there are more than a handful of ridiculously talented Brazilians on Tour who can rip anything—all a good value for any Fantasy Surfer team.

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9.9.13

Fantasy Surfer

Trestles Preview

Shea Lopez on who to pick for your Fantasy Surfer team

I don't buy into the theory that Taj has resigned to casually enjoying his numbered days amongst the top 34, no longer up to the challenge of a world title race or even an event victory. His world title aspirations may be diminishing, but the ability of one of surfing's all-time greats to rise to the occasion and claim an event win is still very much intact.

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8.12.13

Fantasy Surfer

Shea’s Picks for Chopes

Our World Tour pundit sets his Fantasy Surfer lineup for the Billabong Pro Tahiti

When simply surviving your heat becomes a victory in itself; that’s contest surfing at Teahupoo. A wave intent on beating you down and ripping you limb from limb, a wave capable of expiring your life force if you set your feet wrong. It takes incredible merit and quite the mental fortitude to face a surf […]

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6.13.13

Fantasy Surfer

Shea’s Bali Roster

Shea Lopez gives his Fantasy Surfer picks heading into Keramas

How can you argue with the body of work John has produced in the last year? You can't. Only Dane Reynolds and Jordy Smith can put out the kind of groundbreaking, jaw dropping, revelatory clips within comparison. A rematch with Kelly in Bali is in the cards for John, and you can guarantee he won't be smiling going into that heat. Florence was once the smallest towhead on the beach, intently watching Kelly rack up world titles from his North Shore sandbox. But today I’ve dropped Kelly from my team in anticipation of the drubbing he will receive.

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