I finally have something to talk about, cracking the top 20 of our comp for the first time in over a year I would think! Hard to believe we are at Brazil already, halfway into the season & overall I think that I am only sneaking into the top 100 of our comp, it is not looking good for me saving Tradewind Surf's money & winning my own board. First pick for the Brazil contest is my favourite non Aussie surfer John John Florence. The second surfer I have picked is Italo Ferreira.
The Softlite Chopstick is a board that got my ears pricked up when a few customers came to me a couple of years back asking why I did not have the Softlite range available, as we had always prided ourselves on having the best softboards in Australia. Shortly after, I took one for a spin, I was impressed, they felt solid & rode nicely. It was not long after that, we started stocking the Softlite Range. The Chopstick is the larger of the range from 7'0 through to 9'0 going up in 6 inch increments. So I have had a go of one now, but do they stand the test of time ?
I stretched out my last wetsuit for a winter longer than I should have, for someone who has a surf shop, I still use my product right until the end. When it was time to get a new suit, I decided to try the Ocean Earth Zero Short arm steamer. I have tried different wetsuits on certain demo days, there is some good ones out there on the market & some rubbish also, like most things. Given that Ocean Earth has always been such a reputable hardware brand that focuses on a good product, I was excited to give the Zero steamer a try.
Already into the fourth contest of the WSL year & the second Aussie leg. Keramas was one to watch & so was Bells meaning it has been a pretty good start to the year. I had another ordinary showing at Keramas but better than Bells, I think in part because the top ten fell to pieces in the round of 32.
I think that I came last in my Bells picks, so am sorry if you listened to anything I said regarding those picks. The Bali Pro is the next cab off the rank, this contest is pretty exciting the waves are usually rippable, so hoping for the same this year. Back where he belongs on top of the world, John John is my first pick for Keramas, obvious reasons. Italo is my next pick rounding out the top tier. In my middle tier Yago Dora & Mikey Wright are in there as is Julian Wilson & Kanoa Igarashi.
It's like the season never finished, straight back into it & over to Bells for the original Easter contest! We have nearly 150 Tradewind Surfers in the league, so the winner needs to put in hard work to take home the board this year! Straight into my picks & I have switched it up, but am feeling good about it. My Top tier has Wade Carmichael as I feel his surfing suits Bells & the guy is a giant killer, no surfer seems to phase him, my next Bells picks is Jordy Smith bru, he rips at Bells & has rung the bell before.
Back again for another year! Snapper kicks off in a few days & we have fresh new competition for Tradewind Surf Fantasy Surfer competition. This year the board for the winner of the year is back up for grabs. Straight into my picks for Snapper & I have heard that the waves might not be great for the window, anything can change but my first pick is Filipe Toledo for obvious reasons in small surf. My next pick is Julian Wilson. He has a great history with the Quikky Pro & he is going to be looking to go one better for 2019.
The end of another year! It all comes down to Pipe, with Filipe Toledo, Julian Wilson & Gabriel Medina still in the hunt. Medina has to mess it up pretty badly to lose I would think, but Julian is a Pipemaster & I would love to see him snatch it. The report is for solid surf so fingers crossed. Into the picks now & I have picked Julian & Owen in my top tier for obvious reasons, I am sure Owen would love to tame the beast, were he sustained the chronic injury that would keep him on the sidelines for a long time!
First up, if you got the email about the Portugal contest & it had the France picks in there, very sorry about that! Have a new system which i'm learning & whilst it is going to be better in the long run I am not the most tech savvy user haha! Now, on to the picks, the first tier I have Julian Wilson, what a win in France & putting him back in the conversation, our last Aussie hope for 2018. My second pick is Gabriel Medina if it gets solid & perfect in Portugal expect Gabby to be getting spat out of a few when it matters.