Fantasy Surfer Picks for Volcom Fiji Pro

Taj Burrow at the Fiji Pro. Photo courtesy of the Association of Surfing Professionals.

I normally do not offer advice on the games but I have noticed an influx of people finding my site due to searching out contest strategies for Fantasy Surfer. Well, I have decided to go out on a limb and point out some ideas.

My Team:

Kelly Slater, Fred Patacchia, John John Florence, Jeremy Flores, Kai Otten, Matt Wilkinson, Owen Wright, and C.J. Hobgood.

This team might change of course. (I have been adding and dropping Mick Fanning and I am toying with the idea of adding Mitch Coleborn when he is added into the mix.

Expensive Ideas

Sadly, part of Fantasy Surfer involves being able to afford surfers and some I can not afford. With some rearranging, I would look at the following surfers:

Joel Parkinson – Solid backhand tube rider.

Josh Kerr – Josh is of course known as an air guy but we all know what happens when you put Josh around a tube that requires some pig-dogging. Pure sickness!

Mick Fanning – No brainer.

Jeremy Flores – Another no brainer. I really am not crazy about Jeremy but backside barrel riding is the guys’ forte.

Julian Wilson – My only reservation is because the waves could be heavy and Julian always seems to be on a mission to blow minds. Sadly that involves acts that are insane to watch but not so great for advancing out of his heat.

Cheaper Guys:

Damien and/or C.J. Hobgood – Obvious pick.

Matt Wilkinson – Matt is a good pick. He ripped in Brazil and has loads of experience. The problem will be if he faces a top seed. Another reason to consider is his equipment. Once the heat starts and you see him paddling towards the peak on a fat fish; you are going to kick yourself! But he is a gamble that could pay off.

Freddy Patacchia –  Dirt cheap but will be facing the big seeds. However, this is a guy who could do some serious damage.

Wild Card

Mitch Coleborn – Mitch will be facing one of the top seeds and more than likely they will be of the bum-dragging variety. It will not be easy but Mitch has an extremely solid reputation of doing damage in waves such as Fiji.

The great thing about the talent level of surfers now is that the playing field has leveled off which means just about anyone can win these days. It is not like the old days at all when you had the top ten who were really progressive and the bottom half surfed more like mid-level WQS surfers. Just because I did not mention Jordy Smith or Gabriel Medina does not mean that they could blow up and win. That is why the events are becoming more entertaining and it is getting harder to pick teams.

Good luck with Fiji and if you are brave enough…post your team for Fantasy Surfer!


About 1stpeaksteve

Welcome to The Side Wedge! The Side Wedge is a product of the journey through life of Steve Zima. Former professional surfer, a writer, surf coach, and hospitality manager. This is a collection of travel tips, motivation, and stories from my past. Finally, I offer surf coaching through The Side Wedge. Please feel free to contact me with questions if you want to improve your performance today! Thanks for reading!
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10 Responses to Fantasy Surfer Picks for Volcom Fiji Pro

  1. mulletkiller says:

    Hard pickins fo-sure, Let’s face it though, if you don’t have Kelly on your team then you won’t be in the hunt for a win.

  2. Glenn says:

    Kelly CJ Damo Fred JJF JFlores Mick and Kerr this will also be my Tahiti team.

  3. Wow! This looks like fun! Found you through LinkedIn and am now following you!

  4. hammaa says:

    question: simpo vs. ace?

    • 1stpeaksteve says:

      That is a hard one. Experience wise and just being more consistent, you would have to go with Ace. I have been thinking though how many teams are loading up with goofy footers. We know how deep the guys get on their backhand. Simpo’s backhand surfing is almost his strong point. It could be a big gamble that could pay off. Consistency is what goes against him.

  5. dylan applegate says:

    my team is kelly taj john john jordy kolohe travis and the two wildcards tell me if you think its good

    • 1stpeaksteve says:

      You know what Dylan…I played Fantasy Pro Surfing and was in the top 30 most of the time and even in the top 15. My Fantasy Surfer team keeps getting decimated these past few years! It is good though. It means that the top 5 guys have lost their strangle hold on winning every comp.

      I like your team. Your top picks on paper should do well and the wild cards will likely just be fodder. Travis is an interesting pick. He could pull something off though. Just takes getting the right waves.

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