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Preview: QuikPro France

Sorry it's late; I've been killing myself trying to get our fantasy game ready for France (see bottom). The France-into-Portugal leg is always a quick turn-around, with massive world title and qualification narratives woven between high-tide holds and lay-days. It's the business end of the season, so you better get those fantasy teams lit: Conditions and Forecast Small. That's what everyone seems to be saying. The pounding beachbreaks of La Graviere have broken many boards and hearts alike. When they fire though, they can resemble the sorts of... Read more

Last updated October 1, 2018 by Balyn McDonald

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Preview: Surf Ranch Pro

I think whoever can handle the pressure the best is gonna win. That's what it'll come down to - Griffin Colapinto Are you excited by the Surf Ranch event? Does it tickle any of your fancies? It's certainly going to be a bit of a fantasy dud as far as contest formats go, but let's turn the key on the ol' the tractor and plough through the preview regardless... Update: I've just finished listening to the new Lipped podcast, and I'm feeling a little more psyched than I originally was... Read more

Last updated September 3, 2018 by Balyn McDonald

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Preview: Tahiti Pro

"(at Teahupo'o) There is nowhere to hide and nowhere to run" - Joel Parkinson Event and Forecast If J-Bay is one of the most respected waves in the world, then Teahupo'o has to be the most feared. Surfline's slightly dated but incredibly detailed 'Mechanics of Teahupo'o' gives an insightful overview as to the background and physics of this incredible break. Kelly also weighs in on the analysis with his latest 'vision' series video. As usual, we have a tl;dr overview: Teahupo'o's unique very-deep-to-super-shallow bathymetry makes for... Read more

Last updated August 4, 2018 by Balyn McDonald

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Preview: J-Bay Pro 2018

For this year's J-Bay event, we're trying a new format of delivery. The hope is to make your contest preparations a little more streamlined by putting everything in one place. Sure, it means that the full preview will be have to be completed in stages as the information becomes available, but it also means that you won't have to jump between tabs to get what you need. We think it will be better for fantasy players, but please feel free to let us know what you think in the comments... Read more

Last updated June 21, 2018 by Balyn McDonald

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Wash-Up - Bali Pro(tected)

Contest Wash-Up The Bali Pro was a bit of a slow-burner; it started off with maxed-out morning sessions followed by onshore breezes and delayed rounds. Meanwhile, Cloudbreak was gaining the surfing world's full and undivided attention while crazy people rode liquid death-traps. To be honest, it was hard to get excited. Even guys like Albee and Dorian were giving it to the WSL and asking why they were scared to let the air guys perform their onshore-wind magic in a contest jersey, rather than Read more

Last updated June 5, 2018 by Balyn McDonald

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Preview - MR Pro Uluwatu

Is this a proper preview? Hell no; everybody's teams are already locked in. This is more of a basic overview from a stats persepctive, and maybe some insights for those who don't mind a little bit of casual betting here and there. Join us while we join the dots on this Frankenstein's Monster of a contest. For those unsure, here's a reminder of why we're here and what we are doing. Fantasy Details If you picked a team for the Margaret River contest in either the Fantasy... Read more

Last updated June 4, 2018 by Balyn McDonald

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Preview - Bali Pro(tected)

The Oakley Pro at Keramas was debuted on tour in 2013. We'd seen video footage and heard plenty of stories, but nobody really knew what to expect. It was like a search event, and most were psyched. Once it started, the waves and surfing both fired, and surf fans seemed stoked with the tour's new addition. Except, that was it. Parko looked like being the first and last winner of a CT event at Keramas due to funding, or insurance or something (it certainly wasn't the waves or event's success).... Read more

Last updated May 26, 2018 by Balyn McDonald

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Metrics - Bali Pro 2018

Bali is back, baby! Sure, it's been 5 years, and sure, most of the tour wasn't around back then, but we've still got enough relevant data on reefs, rights and wave heights to help whittle down the best of the fantasy lot. All of our 'career' average heat score and win % statistics are taken from 2013-2018 WSL contest seasons*. They do not reflect the entire careers of surfers who have been on tour longer than that. ... Read more

Last updated May 22, 2018 by Balyn McDonald

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Injuries/Wildcards - Bali Pro

'Ocean surfing' is so hot right now, and Keramas is a marine playground. Let's see who's in and out... ************************UPDATED**************************** Surfers Out: Caio Ibelli - looking at the WSL rankings page, Caio had already logged an injured for this event before the draw was up. While it's bad news for Caio, it virtually guarantees him an injury wildcard for 2019. Kelly Slater - Kelly has surfed at three events since fracturing his foot at J-Bay last year: the Future Classic (briefly), Pipe and the Founders Cup. He... Read more

Last updated May 21, 2018 by Balyn McDonald

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Wash-Up - Rio Pro 2018

Contest Wash-Up The lead-up to Rio was a little undercooked, to put it mildly. The Founders Cup had just finished, and the surfing world was almost universally under-whelmed with pool wave contests. It turns out that most surfers actually wanted the unpredictable imperfection of the contests about which we so often complained. We were happy to trade machine perfection for last-minute buzzer-beaters, end-sections and contest results that actually meant something. So, we moved our attention back to the tour, hoping for some of that unpredictable magic. We... Read more

Last updated May 20, 2018 by Balyn McDonald

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