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Injuries/Wildcards – Oi Rio Pro 2018

I don’t know why I’m bothering with this; the WSL is neglecting this event like an unattractive third child until the Founders Cup has spewed forth its final, mushy left. There’s not much to go by as yet… Update: we have a draw and most of the wildcard details. Also, the KS wave pool has … Read more

Special Preview – Founders Cup

We needed something to fill the void after the Margaret River Pro fiasco. While the quasi-Olympics-team-event isn’t a part of the tour, its novelty and immediacy put it slightly above the Oi Rio Pro when it comes to quenching my pro surfing thirst. Plus, there’s a guarantee of no sharks. So let’s grab a shitty … Read more

Contest Preview – Margaret River

  As a proud Australian surfer, even I have to admit that 3 events is a lot for one country. No other country gets more than one (except the USA, which has one event in a pool that is hours from the coast and one event in Hawaii, whose surfers generally don’t identify as American). … Read more

The Wash-up – Bells 2018

  Contest Wash-Up Julian who? The Gold Coast seems like a lifetime ago. Maybe time went so slowly because the first few rounds were so pedestrian. I was growing weary of the 2-hits-out-the-back, 3-cutbacks-through-the-trough, safety-tag-the-end-section Bells bowl monotony. Nobody seemed inspired enough to take the contest by the balls. It was almost as if everyone … Read more

Contest Preview – Bells 2018

Mick Fanning. That’s almost the beginning and end of the preview for this event. Whoever wins it will be one of the few who can ignore the distraction of Mick’s retirement, whoever knocks him out of the contest will be the eternal villain, and if Mick takes the whole thing out, Torquay will be bedlam. … Read more

Contest Metrics – Bells 2018

We have included the data for both Mason Ho and Jacob Wilcox in case they are added to the draw. All of our 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 … Read more

Injuries/Wildcards – Bells 2018

The seeding is all over the place after some of the upsets at the Gold Coast. Let’s look at the R1 possibilities for yet another historic Bells contest: Kelly Slater – OUT 30% of WSL fantasy teams had the GOAT in their team. Despite the warnings we gave. Kelly has given plenty of notice to … Read more

Contest Wash-Up – QuikPro GC 2018

Contest Wash-Up I’ve learned a lot about myself at this event and through this injury and the birth of my baby girl Olivia. Honestly, watching the birth of my first child gave me unbelievable strength to just suck it up, come down here and do what I needed to do. – Julian Wilson Julian Wilson … 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 Metrics – QuikPro GC 2018

Welcome back. I may not have a brand new fantasy game ready to go for the first event of the year (dammit), but I still have plenty of stats. In fact, I have back-logged all of the 2013 season into my databases so that all of the data and projections now draw from 5 full … Read more