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Injury & Wildcard Updates - Bells 2017

Here's the latest regarding the upcoming Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Italo Ferreira - OUT Italo's ankle injury saw him sit out Margaret River contest, and the reports at the time claimed that he would miss Bells. Our info is that he has gone back to Brazil to receive rehab and is aiming to return for the Rio contest. Nat Young - IN as injury replacement Nat was decent value at Margies, and looks good again for Bells. Italo's loss is Nat's gain. Local wildcard - Glyndyn... Read more

Last updated April 10, 2017 by Balyn McDonald

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Full Contest Preview - Drug Aware Pro Margaret River 2017

Fantasy fans and tour surfers alike have barely had time to soak up the glory that was the 2017 Gold Coast event before the  Margs beast started calling our name. Let's see where it leads... Conditions Is there a contest that's harder to pin down in regards to conditions than Margs? The fact is that there are four different waves to consider, namely: the three-moves-to-the-surgeon's-table rights as well as the big, left-hand mushburgers of Main Break; there's the heaving deep-water ledge of The Box, and; there's the as-yet-untested... Read more

Last updated March 26, 2017 by Balyn McDonald

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Data and Projections - Margaret River Pro 2017

UPDATED* * These tables have been changed since Italo's official withdrawal, with his data having been removed. Nat Young's data was already in the tables, so it was not added. Please note also that previous local wildcard surfers Jacob Wilcox, Jay Davies and Jack Robinson have also had their metrics added to allow for any last- minute entries once the trials have been run. The above two factors have resulted in our tables having models for more than 36 surfers, which is... Read more

Last updated March 24, 2017 by Surf-Stats

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Injury & Wildcard Update - Margaret River Pro 2017

Here's the latest regarding the upcoming Drug Aware Pro in Margaret River: Italo Ferreira - *MAYBE OUT Updated - Italo's withdrawal has been officially announced. *Italo's injury isn't a maybe, as it's been well documented here and here, but whether it is serious enough to keep him out of the Margaret River events remains to be seen. Watch this space. Nat Young - *MAYBE IN as injury replacement Updated - Nat has been officially announced... Read more

Last updated March 23, 2017 by Balyn McDonald

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Contest Wash-Up - QuikPro Gold Coast 2017

Owen fricken Wright. Where did that come from? Who the hell cares; it was just so good to see that he’s still got it. Welcome back Owen! There’s been so much written about Owen’s comeback (and deservedly so) that I won’t waste too much time revisiting. Suffice to say that we certainly missed the boat regarding him as a fantasy suggestion. We weren’t Robinson Crusoe there though. What I did want to make clear was that, despite some of the grievances that I’m about to spew forth, I have absolutely... Read more

Last updated March 21, 2017 by Balyn McDonald

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Contest Overview - 2017 QuikPro Gold Coast

Can you feel it? The pre-Gold Coast buzz of a new season just about to pop its cork? Sure, the WSL may have lost its CEO and main sponsor. Sure, the forecast is for yet another pumping week of surf prior to the desolate wasteland that is the waiting period forecast. But, BUT, all is forgiven in the frenzied anticipation of a clean slate. No? What is there to look forward to, you ask? Well, there’s the fact that we have the best surfer in the world as the reigning... Read more

Last updated March 12, 2017 by Surf-Stats

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2017 QuikPro Gold Coast Projections

The Gold Coast season opener is fast approaching and it's time to crunch the numbers. This data uses the 2014-2016 results to formulate projections. 2017 rookies include some data from previous WSL events where applicable and some data from the 2016 WQS. This means that they have much less reliable data and have skewed projections due to their averages being heavily influenced by a limited number of WSL results. Many also have no previous experience at this event. Mikey on the other hand has data that is only drawn from... Read more

Last updated March 9, 2017 by Surf-Stats

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Injury & Wildcard Update - QuikPro Gold Coast 2017

Updated...   We're less than a day away from the new season, but we're still awaiting finalised heat draw and wildcard announcement from the WSL. Obviously we'll update this page as news comes to hand, but here's what we know so far: Nat Young - IN as trials winner A few people said that Nat would be back after he fell off tour last year. What they didn't mention was that he'd be back immediately. Nat isn't your typical trials winner in... Read more

Last updated March 6, 2017 by Surf-Stats

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Contest Wash-Up - Pipe Masters 2016

The forecast was bleak, the title sewn up, and my personal fantasy team wasn’t even playing for pride anymore in my private leagues. I was steeling myself for a hefty serve of disappointment at Pipe this year by keeping my expectations as low as possible. Robert Burns claimed that ‘suspense is worse than disappointment’, which sucks if it’s true because, in the end, Pipe gave us both. Qualification talk was the new black, and everybody was happy to chat. Here’s how we saw Pipe, in point form for those who... Read more

Last updated February 22, 2017 by Balyn McDonald

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Notes From the Line-Up: Conner Coffin

We have a great final ‘notes from the line-up’ interview this year, with Meo Pro finalist, Santa Barbara native, rail surfing connoisseur, 2016 ROTY hopeful and Jordy Smith's new best friend, Conner Coffin. Conner has taken time out of his Hawaiian winter to talk tour life and fantasy surfing over the past few weeks. Some parts were done prior to the Sunset event, while others were done today - hence the qualification comments at the end and the two-stage reference to his season at Pipe thus far. Enjoy.   Read more

Last updated December 10, 2016 by Balyn McDonald

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