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Event Preview - Margaret River

Bali Wash-Up With such a tight turn-around, this was always going to be a squeeze. We'll drop some Bali knowledge once our Margies stuff is set. Watch this space. Margaret River Conditions The WSL have plenty of venue guides, such as here, or the Ben Mondy overview of the place here. There's also a detailed surfline break breakdown, as well as Slater's 'Vision' series providing his insights into Main Break, the Box and North Point. Honestly, this event is harder to pin... Read more

Last updated May 27, 2019 by Balyn McDonald

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Event Preview - Bali Pro

Trainspotters may have noticed that I didn't manage to throw up a post-Bells wrap. I owe all 16 of my regular readers an apology; I just got snowed under and let it slip. I hope my abbreviated version below will suffice (to those uninterested on my Bells musings, just scroll a little down the page and you can read the regular preview): Bells Winners Wave of the Event It may not have had the classic Bells lines that we know and love, but John's 9.63 on a maxed-out bomb... Read more

Last updated May 9, 2019 by Balyn McDonald

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Event Preview: Bells Beach

If it wasn't for the last day, I'd have said that the DBah Pro was a roaring success. The we're-going-to-snapper-wait-we're-just-going-to-hold-off-until-the-swell-dies postponement of the finals was a bit iffy, and there were some less-than-ideal judging calls, but let's not split hairs; it was fun to watch, it ran quickly through the waiting period, and we had two winners who'd never claimed the event before. Bells will be different. For a start, there will be a lot more rubber, and considerably less lefts. Conditions How would you like to get... Read more

Last updated April 14, 2019 by Balyn McDonald

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By the Numbers - GC Review

With a great contest wrecked by a lame ending, we only place certainty in the fact that he who pays the piper calls the tune. - Longtom I was surfing D-Bah (yesterday) and it was pumping but whatever. - Gabriel Medina, on the WSL's Sunday 'postponements' Look; I'm not wasting your time or mine in giving a detailed run-down of the GC contests. Longtom writes circles around me, and the... Read more

Last updated April 11, 2019 by Balyn McDonald

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Event Preview: Gold Coast

I say it every year, but how good is it to have the new season upon us? In 2019, John John and Kelly have more questions than answers over their heads, Julian, Italo and Filipe are looking to break through for a maiden championship, rookies are looking for validation or glory, return surfers seeking retribution, and then there's Medina. There's always Medina. The first event of the year provides similar hopes and dreams to fantasy... Read more

Last updated April 1, 2019 by Balyn McDonald

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2019 Fantasy Surfing Preview

So, we're here. The new WSL season is upon us. Before we dive in for another 9 months of pro surfing across 8 countries and 770 heats (men and women), we thought it might be worth covering the various changes that 2019 will bring. Fantasy Of course we're opening with this. If you played FSS last year, then you're already a... Read more

Last updated March 28, 2019 by Balyn McDonald

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Fantasy Surf Sessions - An Update

Where we're at... While most of the tour have spent their off-season chasing cyclones, chasing tail, or training down the house, we've been working hard on our fantasy site over at Fantasy Surf Sessions. Since Gabby wrapped 2018 with his Pipe dominance, we've managed to plot every heat and result from the past 6 years into the site build. We now have stats integrated into every surfer and event profile. For example, here's a... Read more

Last updated February 9, 2019 by Balyn McDonald

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Opinion: The Pipe Pig

The Pipe Invitational has started and the surf is less than inspiring. The WSL must still be relieved; after four consecutive lay-days,they had milked the teat of world title scenarios dry. In case you somehow missed it: If Medina makes the final, Filipe/Julian can suck eggs; if he places 3rd, they need to win, and; if Medina gets 5th or worse, the contenders would need to final. Simple, clean, boring. Read more

Last updated December 14, 2018 by Balyn McDonald

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Preview: Pipe Masters

No other event compares to Pipe. World title races aside, the wave itself provides a spectacle that is unrivalled in our sport, and no single title is more coveted; it's our super bowl, our play-offs, and our world cup all in one liquid monster. Enough preface, let's dive in. Conditions Pipe has so much rich history and respect that I feel stupid writing about it. Instead, I'll leave it to a respected historian; Matt Warshaw's encyclopaedia of surfing (subscribe here and thank yourself later) describes it... Read more

Last updated December 7, 2018 by Balyn McDonald

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Preview: Meo Rip Curl Pro Portugal

So, here we are: between European legs, and things are tight. A tight turn-around, a tight title race, and tight fantasy contests. How good was Rhino? How sweet is it to have a proper title race? With the short turn-around between events, this preview will be a little brief, but the stats will still be there in full. Conditions While Portugal isn't as fiercely changeable as France, surfers will still need to adapt to variable wind, tide and swell conditions, so recent success in France could be... Read more

Last updated October 14, 2018 by Balyn McDonald

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