Shea Lopez

World Tour Pundit and former World Tour surfer



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




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.



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




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




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



Fantasy Surfer

Shea’s Picks For The Fiji Pro

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




Rio Pro Preview

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



Fantasy Surfer

Shea’s Picks for Margaret River

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.



Fantasy Surfer

Bells Beach Preview

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.



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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