Shea Lopez

World Tour Pundit and former World Tour surfer

9.10.10

Features

Shea Lopez Gets Patriotic For The Hurley Pro At Trestles

You’re either going to love me or hate me. For this year’s Hurley Pro at Trestles I am going Red, White, and Blue. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, American surf fans are the least expressive of any nation. You better believe every Brazilian living within a three-hour drive will be at […]

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9.4.10

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Observations From Teahupoo

Andy’s Back. It took a while, there have been hiccups, but after getting, first his surfing back and then his focus, AI was as good as he’s ever been. If he had won in 10 foot surf, that would be great and all, but it would’ve been predictable because his talent in those conditions is […]

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9.2.10

Features

Teahupoo: Round 3 Completed

Yesterday, the final four heats of Round Three were completed in small, mushy surf and Mick, AI, and Damo all won their heats in quick succession. If you watch the highlight video on the Billabong Pro website you’ll see you didn’t miss a thing. The waves were dreadful and the weather the same. With Marco Polo’s […]

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8.31.10

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Teahupoo: Slater Survives, Smith Falters

A dozen surfers suffered the biggest losses of their lives today in Tahiti. And with only nine days between the Billabong Pro Tahiti and the Hurley Pro at Trestles, the question remains: of the 13 World Tour surfers being cut, how many will have to cancel tickets to California, or go to the event only to […]

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8.30.10

Features

Teahupoo: The Chopping Block

I can’t remember if it’s day eight, or nine, or even maybe day 10 of the Billabong Pro, Tahiti. But Damien Hobgood surely knows what day it is. Being in the first heat of the draw for an event that takes place a half-mile out to sea and has been on call at 6 a.m. […]

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7.18.10

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Shea's Take On The Final Day

How the headline would’ve read in 2009: Congratulations Bede Durbidge J-Bay Pro Champion! But it’s 2010 and the ASP has changed the judging criteria. They now have deemed every heat to be an airshow. Apologies to Bede for my error. But what I witnessed was Bede catching proper J-Bay walls and tearing them to pieces. […]

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7.17.10

Features

Good Day For South Africa

Today was a good day–if you’re South African, or would like someone besides Kelly to win this years world title. Say whatever you want about Kelly losing by .04 to Sean, but the truth is Kelly fell on his first wave and the best wave of the heat. At inconsistent J-Bay, there is no room […]

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7.15.10

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J-BAY: SHEA'S TAKE ON ROUND 1

Today at J-Bay was a perfect example of what the World Tour is all about. You see, for the majority of us viewers the real draw, and what keeps us drooling at our computer screens all night, is the mind-numbing perfect surf. Faced with the daily grind and so-so surf at our local break, we […]

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6.30.10

Environmental News

Tears From The Gulf

This really shouldn’t be happening. I shouldn’t be the one to write of this travesty. I’m much too close to the subject in peril: The Gulf of Mexico. These waters make up 90% of my body. As I cry for the Gulf, my tears taste of its salt. Without a childhood learning to surf on […]

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5.8.10

Features

The Old and the New, Shea Lopez Weighs in on the Final Action From the 6.0 Lowers Pro

I’d like to begin by thanking everyone that joined us this week. Whether you were physically on the beach at Lowers enjoying the perfect stretch of SoCal weather, or online for the webcast anchored by the larger-than-life Peter Mel, we were all able to walk away from this event knowing that it was truly one for […]

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