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Ocean Beach Preview

Shea Lopez on who to pick for your Fantasy Surfer team

| posted on October 27, 2011

Perhaps more than any other location on Tour, the conditions at Ocean Beach will decide who makes heats and who takes a beating. Photo: Ellis

Since I have been slipping this year on Fantasy Surfer, I reached out to an old friend who happens to be the current No. 1 for some help going into San Francisco. His name is Mike Reilly, he was an NSSA star as a kid, tried a brief stint on the WQS, then followed that up by getting an MBA, and now a job at Quiksilver. If you think maybe he has inside knowledge on the events, or if Dane is going to surf in an event, you have another thing coming. Here is a direct excerpt from one of his emails to me, “I’m a VP in operations now at Quiksilver, yet most don’t even know I surf. I’m an MBA suit to most of them. Hahahaha.” He was even one of the many that picked Dane for NYC and got burned, keeping him from securing another 1000-plus-point event score.

The last time I saw Mike was in Ericeira, Portugal, during a WQS event. I was on the WCT and he was grinding it out on the WQS. This is Mike’s recollection of that event: “I will always remember when you snapped at the judges when I lost at Ericera with an interference. They judged it as a pointbreak all day and then changed it to a peak, but they never really announced it. As you know, Ericiera is a point. I had been slogging away on the WQS that year hard and had like two 8’s in that heat and ended up losing due to an interference. Glory Days. Haha. It was tough back then going from winning three NSSA titles to slogging on the WQS and realizing how many gnarly guys there were around the world. Definitely a good time though and great experiences.”

I asked Mike how he ended up in the lead on Fantasy Surfer, and who will be on his team for San Francisco.

“I basically have stayed with the same team ever since Dane pulled a no-show, and will keep it for SF since I have them at pretty low costs,” says Reilly. “Mick at $8.5 million is a deal and Simp at $5.2 million is solid. Not to mention Dane being close to home? If anything I will trade Adriano for Mick. This will be a game-time decision. San Francisco is going to be all about the conditions. If it is 5- to 6-foot and under I will stay with my team, and if it gets bigger I will definitely swap Adriano out for Fanning and possibly get rid of Medina and Heitor for some guys who look better on big open faces. With that said, do the judges never give Rossy any love? He does true man-turns with full power and commitment, but no flair. I personally dig his surfing especially on some face, but the judges discount it, I think.”

Here is Mike Reilly’s Fantasy Surfer team for SF:

Medina
Kerr
Slater
Taj
Adriano
Parko
Julian
Heitor

Current No. 1 on Fantasy Surfer Mike Reilly obviously has some skills away from his laptop as well.

That’s Mike’s recipe for success: Three Brazilians that have been on a tear are great calls. And Slater, Taj, and Parko are almost sure things. The two Aussies are poster boys for the new judging criteria.

Now, for my Fantasy Surfer team, I’ve assembled a crew to handle whatever Ocean Beach dishes out. These men should at least have a shot at some of those ever shifting, rapidly moving walls of water:

Kelly Slater
Secures 11 while on the Search.

Joel Parkinson
Looks perfectly matched to the wide-open space of OB.

Mick Fanning
Will make it happen.

Jordy Smith
Can make sense of an ocean that has no rhyme or reason by way of brute force.

Julian Wilson
Won’t take no for an answer.

Fred Patacchia
Displaces a ton of water with his turns, which will look great from far away at the judges’ booth.

Pat Gudauskas
A paddling machine that gets better the larger the surf is. He’s comfortable and experienced with the area.

Dean Brady
Brought in to show the kids how to do man-turns.

Of course Knox and Ross should fare well out there if the waves cooperate. They just didn’t fit in my budget.

Click here to see a full guide to the San Francisco event.

  • Chris

    Both of those teams listed above are over the salary cap. Is that how Mike is #1?

  • http://www.fantasysurfer.com Groundswell

    Hey Chris – good question. Both Mike & Shea have picked up surfers at the beginning of the year when they were valued lower than they are currently priced. When a Fantasy Surfer user picks a surfer for their team, as long as they don’t drop that surfer from their team, they’ll keep him at that value they picked him up at. Example: you picked up Joel Parkinson at the beginning of the year for $5 million. As Joel continued to do well after several events, his value increased. But if you were smart enough to pick him up earlier at a cheaper value, he only counts against your salary cap as that lower amount – until you drop him from your team. Hope that explanation helped. -Groundswell

  • http://surfgallerieflorida.com p.maddensurfboards

    WOMANS LONGBOARD IN CHINA IS FOR SURE A GO.STYLE AND GRACE IS ALWAYS GREAT TO SEE!

  • BVB

    WE WILL DISRUPT THE CONTEST. CERTAIN FACTIONS OF THE OLD GUARD ARE BANDING TOGETHER AS I WRITE IN AN EFFORT TO OCCUPY AND SURF THROUGH THE CONTEST SITE AND BRING DOWN THE RIP CURL SEARCH CONTEST ALTOGETHER. WHILE THE NEW GENERATION SUCKS FROM THE TIT OF THE ALIEN CORPORATION WE HAVE ORGANIZED. THREATS OF PHYSICAL VIOLENCE AND INTIMIDATION BY THE SO CALLED NEW GENERATION OF “LOCALS” WILL BE MONITORED.

  • Matt O’Brien

    Hey BVB, just make sure you do it camera or it never happened. Just Kidding, but seriously – Relax – it is ONE contest! the last time there was a Big Pro Event was the Bud Tour waay back in 1989 (or ’88) on the TELEVISION. How bad did that contest bring THE HORDES OF SURFERS CLOGGING “YOUR” LINE-UP. re-lax… maybe you could learn to draw a few new lines on “your” waves. Anyways, either way I’ll see your “take down of Rip Curl Search Contest” because I will be watching it unfold on my computer in the comforts my cozy home. cheers!

  • flavein

    Adriano, World Champion. We in Brazil see it no other way.

  • Jose

    BVB, that’s a funny post. But really, I don’t think O-Beach is a destination that many people want to go to regardless of what comp. goes down. Or maybe the place is holding and the mass population doesn’t know.

  • Blake

    Yes, Disrupt Rip Curl Search! Exploitation of “La Jolla” was the most soulless act. How long can this go on?

  • Dickson Cider

    Not as funny as Flavein’s email. ADS World Champion?……………………………………BWAAAAAAHAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

  • jojo

    ya, ob’s not in danger of being exploited. two miles of powerful, shifting open-ocean a-frames with hellacious currents, brutal rips, and rogue elephant sets, all of which sits wide-open at the west end of a very populous city. if you’ve ever surfed there, you know it’s the type of place that takes care of itself.

  • http://na andy

    Who took your college exams Mikey?

  • Baydreamer

    Can’t wait to see the action. Hope it gets large too. It will be interesting to see the pros in those deceivingly perfect conditions. So, so perfect looking but really OB takes a true waterman to tame it. I’d bring the strongest paddlers on my team. Bede, Owen…