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Fantasy Surfer 2004

| posted on July 22, 2010

SURFER Magazine’s Fantasy Surf League Review of the Top 44

Surfers are gamblers by nature. Think about it…we live for the thrill of taking risks: a big air, a late drop, paddling out on a huge day, they all add to our addiction of hazardous behavior, and when we’re dry docked on land it’s only natural that we search for ways to duplicate the buzz. So here’s a scary thought, SURFER Magazine is giving each of you 10 million dollars to gamble with this year. While you can’t take this cash to Vegas and blow it all on one hand of Black Jack you can distract yourself from school or work for hours on end with our new SURFER Magazine Fantasy Surf League. The premise is simple: you pick and name your own team of eight surfers from among the Top 44 in the world to compete against your friend’s team. Then, you manage your team throughout the 2004 pro tour season, making trades, growing your salary cap, and hopefully winning prizes. It’s all live and running now at FantasySurfer.com. Or just click on the Fantasy Surfer button on the homepage and sign up absolutely free. Get started earning points towards a dream trip to Hawaii or Fiji. –Chris Mauro

The following is some insight into the TOP 5 ranked fantasy surfers. Look for more insight of this nature inthe days to come. Remember, it’s a long season with a variety of wave locations. Draft and trade wisely.

  • 1. ANDY IRONS
  • Age: 25
  • Home: Kauai, HI
  • Surfs: Regular
  • KEY INDICATORS
  • 2003 Win Rate: 82%
  • Career Victories: 11 WCT, 7 WQS
  • NOTABLE: Irons’ win percentage climbed to 90% (18-2) when he made it past the Quarter Finals in 2003. Had a 17-4 record vs. the Top 10 (80%).
  • 2004 CHANCES: World Title: 44% Top 5: 90% Top 10: 99%
  • Price: $2.5 million
  • How to play him: Pay up and feel good about it.

  • 2. Kelly Slater
  • Age: 32
  • Home: Cocoa Beach, FL
  • Surfs: Regular
  • KEY INDICATORS
  • 2003 Win Rate: 80% Career Victories: 27 WCT, 2 WQS
  • NOTABLE: Slater has yet to win at Sunset Beach any time during his remarkable career, a fact that cost him dearly in 2003. Had a 9-4 record vs. the Top 10 (69%).
  • 2004 CHANCES: World Title: 44% Top 5: 89% Top 10: 96%
  • Price: $2.5 million
  • How to play him: He won’t disappoint, but fitting both him and Andy under the cap may be tough. Decision time.

  • 3. Taj Burrow
  • Age: 25
  • Home: Yallingup, Western Australia
  • Surfs: Regular
  • KEY INDICATORS
  • 2003 Win Rate: 62% Career Victories: 3 WCT, 5 WQS
  • NOTABLE: Had four Finals appearances in ’03, a personal best, but was 0-3 vs. Andy and 0-2 vs. Kelly.
  • Price: $2 million
  • Recommendation: Pricey, but will put up good numbers.

  • 4. Mick Fanning
  • Age: 22
  • Home: Tweed Heads, Australia
  • Surfs: Regular
  • KEY INDICATORS
  • 2003 Win Rate: 69% Career Victories: 2 WCT, 3 WQS
  • NOTABLE: had just one Finals appearance in 2003 (Brazil).
  • 2004 CHANCES: World Title: 18% Top 5: 77% Top 10: 90%
  • Price: $2 million
  • Recommendation: Should be swapped with equally priced Taj or Parko depending on surf breaks you think he’ll do well at. (Hint: Gold Coast, J-Bay)

  • 5. Joel Parkinson
  • Age: 23
  • Home: Kirra, Australia
  • Surfs: Regular
  • KEY INDICATORS
  • 2003 Win Rate: 69% Career Victories: 3 WCT, 5 WQS
  • NOTABLE: Lost three times to Andy Irons in 2003 during Finals. Is getting married and expecting first child in 2004.
  • 2004 CHANCES: World Title: 21% Top 5: 73% Top 10: 90%
  • Price: $2 million
  • Recommendation: Definitely outperforms the rest of the young Aussie crew in Hawaii, so keep that in mind going into the finishing run.