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Newcastle Fantasy Preview

It's the season re-launch, with surf fans tempering their expectations with the pragmatic modesty that only the WSL can inspire. We've got a new-ish venue to look at and fantasy team to pick, so let's quit prologuing and start crunching the numbers. Conditions Newcastle offers more breaks than Kelly's injury schedule, so I'm just going to let local hopeful Ryan Callinan break it down for you... Read more

Last updated March 31, 2021 by Balyn McDonald

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The Tour 2.0

After a welcome start, followed by several set-backs and some on-brand radio silence, the WSL has found a new path forward in 2021. Pipe/Maui seem like an entire season ago, but it's worth remembering that the WSL had a brief-but-competent return to the professional sports sphere with their season openers in Hawaii 3 months ago. Sure, there were some lowlights, such as a shark attack at Maui minutes before the finals day, wildcard Miguel Tudela's... Read more

Last updated March 14, 2021 by Balyn McDonald

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Pipe Fantasy Preview

It feels weird to be kicking off the title race at Pipe. No world title scenarios, no qualification predictions, no pressure, no form to look at. Nothing. Don't get me wrong; I'm psyched to have the tour back, and I'm super keen to share our fantasy game with the world, but the Pipe build-up is usually an unrivaled spectacle in the world of pro surfing. Conditions As a mediocre... Read more

Last updated December 6, 2020 by Balyn McDonald

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Welcome Back

After a prolonged hiatus, the WSL men's and women's tours are stretching on the beach in preparation for a re-launch. In any regular season, the Billabong Pipe Masters and Roxy Maui Pro would serve as the championship crescendos. They represent the jewels in the WSL's world title crowns where, when the conditions and ratings combine, the world's best throw down in one final grab for the championship trophy. Their very scheduling conjures up memories of countless world title and requalification scenarios,... Read more

Last updated November 14, 2020 by Balyn McDonald

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The New Normal

New Australian Grand Slam venue Cabarita has kick-started the 2020 WSL season Let's be honest: fantasy surfing sits pretty low on the hierarchy of things impacted by covid-19. Most of you probably haven't even noticed our lack of articles or trading for the non-existent WSL events of this year. There's been bigger fish to fry. That said, we are on the cusp of finally being... Read more

Last updated September 14, 2020 by Balyn McDonald

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Men's Olympics Update

I often wonder how surfers, let alone the rest of the world, will receive surfing as an Olympic sport. Mostly I'm sure it will exist as a novelty highlights package between women’s water polo and the equestrian events. Could we hope for anything more? Surely, if the best surfers in the world represent our sport on the world stage, it won’t be a complete embarrassment. Right? The thing is, there’s no guarantee that the ‘best surfers’ will even be asked to attend. The IOC, ISA and WCT have banded together... Read more

Last updated December 6, 2019 by Balyn McDonald

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Preview: Billabong Pipe Masters

Hawaii has already served up some hefty drama this week, what with Tyler's stunning comeback, Steph's 5th Honolua win, Carissa's 4th title, and Lakey's fall at the final hurdle, it was a massive end to the women's season. Not to be outdone, Sunset brought the men's QS picture into focus with some quality conditions on the final day. When the dust settled, everyone's hopes (except Zeke's) were realised when Jack Robinson won the event and qualified for the 2020 big league. Not a bad start to the winter season.... Read more

Last updated December 6, 2019 by Balyn McDonald

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Preview: Meo Rip Curl Pro

While Pipe may be the 'Superbowl of surfing', Portugal certainly punches above its weight when it comes to world title speculation. Throw in the race for Olympic qualifications and a decent forecast, and we have plenty to get psyched about for Portugal. Medina, Seabass, Filipe, and Jordy et al. may have ensured that most fantasy teams sucked in France, but the pain will be short-lived. While the tight European turn-around may offer few hours of sleep for me, for everyone else it spells a quick shot at redemption. Conditions... Read more

Last updated October 12, 2019 by Balyn McDonald

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Preview: QuikPro France

France is always interesting to watch, but it has felt even more exciting since the pool event was added to the tour. The Freshwater Pro undoubtedly has its flaws, but the WSL hardly help themselves by juxtaposing it against the Tahiti and France events. Tahiti, with its fear factor and raw power, makes the pool seem inconsequential and weak. France, with its dynamic and hyper-variable conditions, makes the pool look monotonous and fake. Maybe the Freshwater Pro was always destined to resemble those qualities anyway, but I feel like France... Read more

Last updated September 28, 2019 by Balyn McDonald

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Event Preview: Freshwater Pro

The Wave The event will be held at the KS Wave Ranch, located amongst the rural countryside of Lemoore, California. The man-made wave is manufactured in a 600m (2000') long and 150m (500') wide lake originally built for water skiing. It is created when under-water hydrofoils run down a track at around 30 kilometres per hour (19mph), making artificial waves rise up and push across the pool onto the contour reefs of the pool bottom. Waves at the Surf Ranch can reportedly reach a face height of 6.5 feet,... Read more

Last updated September 15, 2019 by Balyn McDonald

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