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FANTASY SURFER: Shane Dorian's Rip Curl Reunion Picks

| posted on July 22, 2010

Today is the last day to field your team for the FantasySurfer.com Rip Curl Search, Reunion Island event. Fantasy Surfer insider and correspondent Shane Dorian provided a strong showing in Fiji, by correctly picking four of the top five surfers and racking up 805 total points. Don’t forget to log on to FantasySurfer.com and go head-to-head with Shane Dorian by joining his clubhouse, “Dorian’s Dog House.” Below are three of Shane’s picks and some insider information from Reunion Island.

The Foster’s ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) has been absent from Reunion Island since 1996, but on June 23 the Rip Curl Search WCT will reintroduce professional surfing to the island’s world-famous left hand reef break of Saint Leu.

The Rip Curl Search WCT event holds a first-of-its-kind ‘ASP Floating License’, that allows Rip Curl to schedule the event in a different location every year, if it sees fit. We are the company built on the true surfing Search philosophy. We have developed this event so we can travel the planet, delivering the world’s best waves to the world’s best surfers.

Reunion Island, a French territory situated in the Indian Ocean off the South East coast of South Africa, has been selected for Year One. For a surfer there is no better search destination. Often called ‘the intense island’, Reunion is a small volcanic island with an excitingly active coastline. Through the swell months of May to October, Reunion’s surf breaks hold long swells that deliver fortunate surfers with some of the highest quality waves in the world.

Dorian on the Rip Curl Search, Reunion Island:
When picking my guys for reunion I tried to keep in mind that I would need to keep three of them for the next event, J-bay, so I made sure I had three guys that were great at both breaks, which are completely different. Also, (except for Occy and Fred) I picked strong regular foots. I think the wave favors backside surfing. I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds.

Here are three of my eight picks for Reunion Island…
Occy: The first top pro to ever surf Reunion. The wave suits him down to the ground. He can mix up his repertoire here to expose his opponents weaknesses.

Fred P: He has done well so far in his rookie year, and is gaining confidence. He wants to prove to everyone else what he already knows that he is worthy of being a contender. Comfortable in fast reef breaks like this one. Go Freddie!

Trent Munro: Will be able to showcase his strongest point…his backside attack. Has been competing really well this year. Very confident.

To get the low down on all of Shane Dorian’s roster picks and gain more insight from the master himself, log on to FantasySurfer.com.