January 28th, 2016
Posts Tagged ‘quiksilver pro’
The Dream Tour starts a new season this week at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, and the ASP Board of Directors once again ratified tour qualifications and personal conduct regulations. Pay close attention because your fantasy surfer team could live or die by the new rules… and in the SWELL fantasy league the losers pay their dues
Before we begin speculating about the craziness about to unfold on the goldy, where’s how the new regulations will affect this year’s World Championship Tour:
- Random Drug and Alcohol Testing -High paying corporate sponsors means high expectations for surfers not to show up high
- No Mid-Year Cut – Could it be true…Bobby Martinez’s vulgar rants actually made a difference?
- 1 yr vs 52 week rolling qualifying point total -This one actually benefits Nate Yeomans (opposed to rule #2)
With most surfers approving the new ASP rules (Wilco must have been “out to brunch”) the stage is set to kick off the season at head-high Snapper Rocks on Saturday morning. Like every year, nobody knows how committed Kelly is to a full year on tour but his first event results always tells us if he’s more interested in chasing swells or titles. Check out the gear Slater uses here.
Other storylines evolving in the twelve day boardriding festival are: the participation of free surfing freak Dane Reynolds who claims he is “Blown talent and would rather sit at home and play with crayons and ride f*cked up boards“, the one year anniversary of women’s high-performance surfing arriving on the world stage, and Wolfmother performing for the crazed Aussies occupying Coolangatta.
For those of you familiar with online fantasy sports, Fantasy Surfers follows the same best team wins format… SWELL’s league doesn’t. While all SWELL fantasy players meticulously factor every element in drafting surfers, top scoring teams merely get bragging rights. It is the losing team who must endure humiliating hazes. Punishments a cruel as 24hrs with a U-Lock for bikes, locked around the neck were dealt last year. See the video recap of the loser.
If you’d like to join SWELL’s fantasy surfer league, sign up here, and we will award savvy surf fans, while you get to watch us punish eachother for losing here in San Clemente. Each event prize ranges from $25 in SWELL product, to bigger gear jackpots.
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Round 2 of the Quiksilver Pro France ran today then paused, due to the forecast showing 10ft waves headed for Europe’s surfing capital this weekend. Quiksilver made a wise choice in Mickey Picon as the contest director, because only locals can predict conditions resulting from a 20ft tide swing. The sandbank that competitors surf at the start of their heat can turn into shore-pounding sand-surge in a half-hour.
Already in round 1 & 2 a record breaking seven board were snapped in a single heat, and the currents challenged surfers to even make it to the line-up. 3-time event champ Mick Fanning posted the highest scores of the event, while his countrymen and world title contenders Joel Parkinson and Josh Kerr made early departures from the comp.
As the buoys start to bob and guys start waving down the skis like their lives depend on it, expect two surfers to pull away from the pack: Frenchmen Jeremy Flores, and world #1 Kelly Slater. Jeremy’s tube riding skills are as sharp as any, and with the locals hooting from the beach, expect to see J-Flo go for broke. Kelly has won at Hossegor, but not under his sponsor Quiksilver’s banner. So if Owen goes down in the 3rd, Bob Mcknight might start production on the new “Ke11y” apparel line.
The next call is 8:30 local time/ 11:30 PST… but remember they have heats on-demand the next day at quiksilverlive.com so you don’t blow it at work tomorrow.
Hossegor -Situated in south west France, this little Basque town draws such amazing waves and vibes, that Tom Curren settled down here to raise his kids. If you surf, but the family wants a European vacation, you’re a fool not to book a trip to the Basque Country. Hanging in Hossegor, you’ll be getting free surf tips from T.Knox at breakfast, and be sitting across from Lopezs at lunch. With the best stretches of sandbars in the world literally breaking on WWII monuments, you’re sure to score in Hossegor.
Capbreton: Rampy Beachbreak amongst WWII Bunkers