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Preview: QuikPro France

Multiple winner Gabriel Medina alley-ooping above the french beachbreaks

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Contest Preview – QuikPro GC 2018

A lot has changed in the 12 months since I last wrote this contest preview: we have a CEO (hello Sophie; I know you’re reading); contests in wave pools have become a thing; the WSL is planning to forgo a Pipe showdown in order to run a boat-trip grand final; and Willian Cardoso qualified to … Read more

Contest Wash-Up – France 2017

There’s this pervasive philosophy within pro surfing right now that, to win a world title, it’s necessary to ‘surf at 70%’, but I call bullshit. John John buried that approach at Margaret River. Filipe delivered the eulogy in South Africa. Guys like Josh Kerr, Julian Wilson and Jack Freestone have each been mesmerised by the … Read more

Contest Preview – Billabong Pro Tahiti 2017

The trials are done, the forecast is coming into focus and the metrics have been updated; let’s do this: Conditions The WSL forecast doesn’t looks fantastic. There is the potential for the WSL to run the first few rounds on a mild-mannered SSW swell in the first 3 days, possibly getting us past R4 if … Read more