Fantasy Surfing Predictions for the Oakley Pro Bali

The Oakley Pro Bali begins in just a few short hours, and I for one am excited to see what this wave will have in store. It will be the first time an ASP World Championship Tour event has been held in Bali, and the pros have to be pretty stoked to have such potential on hand for the midway point of the season. I know I’m stoked to see how this new spot treats the pros, and how well my Fantasy Surfer team does.

Nothing has changed as far as the rules for the game go, but if you are just joining us you get $50 million to create a team of eight surfers. Each surfer has a dollar amount assigned to him based on his current ranking on tour. This is the fifth event of the year, so all rankings are predicated on the last four events. And, now, here are my picks for the 2013 Oakley Pro Bali:

Kelly Slater ($11,500,000): I said it previously, defending my pick of Slater as my top guy seems to really come off as redundant. Slater has two wins out of the last four contests, and he knows how to handle a wave like Keramas—get deep early and come out hacking. It will basically be the same attack that got him the win in Fiji a week back. Slater is the points leader right now, and he is going to be looking for a win to apply pressure to the rest of the pack and further his lead.

John John Florence ($8,750,000): Florence has missed half the season so far, and is currently sitting at number 18 in the rankings, so why is he second on my list? The guy rips — plain and simple. If Fiji was any indication, Florence’s injury has healed up nicely, and he’s back on track to blow minds. It took Kelly Slater, fresh off a perfect heat, to stop Florence’s progression in the last contest.

Josh Kerr ($8,500,000): Kerr is the guy this wave was designed for. If he can just tap into all the power he showed off at Bells earlier this year, and all the finesse that he displayed at Fiji recently, then this may just be his breakout performance that gets him to a final this season.

Jordy Smith ($7,250,000): Smith is on fire! His last three contests have him making it to the semi-finals at Bells, the finals and the win at Rio, and a quarter final in Fiji where he lost out to Florence’s blistering performance. There is almost a playfulness to the way Smith is surfing this year, like his goal is to have fun instead of win. Smith has called Keramas one of his favorite waves on the planet, and a guy out having fun at a break he loves could just spell a second win for Smith.

Sebastian Zietz ($6,000,000): I am really thinking that the Florida-born, Hawai’ian-bred Zietz has a good shot to make it to or past the quarter finals in Bali. Seabass has such a deep knowledge of how to perform in steep, fast, hollow waves that this contest seems like a shoo-in for him to get a result. Zietz is halfway into his rookie year on tour, and he’s already found his footing amongst the elite, so a result here is not at all out of the question.

Nat Young ($3,250,000): Rounding out my team, Young is back on the roster. He is sitting at number six in the points, even though he has not really had a solid result since Bells. Whereas, I think guys like Slater and Smith can get through on talent in any condition, I think Kerr, Zietz, as well as Young are guys who really show well in the right waves, and Bali is that kind of wave for Young.

Fred Patacchia ($3,250,000): With the money running thin, I could not have been happier to add Freddy P to my lineup. I don’t have any special rationale to picking Freddy outside of I just love to watch the guy surf. He is always smiling, and always happy to just be in the water, and I find that infectious.

Bruce Irons ($1,500,000): Simply, when Fantasy Surfer gives you Bruce Irons for $1.5m, you take him. The guy charges, and lays every bit of himself out there whenever he paddles out. That kind of all-or-nothing attitude is exactly why Irons is worth the buy.

Who am I overlooking? Right off the bat, there’s Joel Parkinson,Taj Burrow, Adriano de Souza, and Julian Wilson. Parkinson is going to get deep on every wave and hack away at the inside, Burrow’s lines are going to make everyone wonder why he does not have a title yet, De Souza is going to get more vertical than anyone else, and Wilson is going to punt something big every chance he gets. Outside of those typical contenders, I would keep an eye out for Felipe Toledo, Michel Bourez, and Gabriel Medina. Each of these guys could light up if the conditions provide.

Keramas is the main venue for this contest. The wave is a right point break over a combination of reef and rock bottom, and offers up hollow, screaming barrels that are punctuated by some steep sections that are perfect for an aerial attack. As a back-up to Keramas, Canggu has been chosen.  Canggu is river mouth break that runs both left and right over reef and rock, and spits barrels and punty little sections also. While Keramas will hold up between chest-high to triple overhead, Canggu is said to only really turn on when the waves get to be a few feet overhead. This is the kind of venue that is going to be suitable for almost every single surfer on tour right now.

Bali is twelve hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time, so an 8:00 a.m. call for June 18 in Bali will be 8:00 p.m. EST on June 17.

http://www.oakleyprobali.com
http://www.fantasysurfer.com
http://www.aspworldtour.com

Bo Bacot grew up surfing up and down the Grand Strand. For 25 years, he would sneak in a session whenever he could: before and after school, lunch breaks from work, weekends, weekdays, whenever.  Now that he’s moved back to Tennessee to further his education, Bo thinks about the ocean perhaps more than he ever did when it was in his backyard. If asked, Bo will proudly proclaim that he is the best surfer living in Knoxville, TN.

 

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