We are on the shorter side of the half way mark now as we head into Teahupoo very soon! Which means it is time to get your picks in. With John gone for 2019 the title race is wide open, but I have a feeling that Medina is looking to swoop. Which is why in my first tier I have picked Gabriel Medina & Kelly Slater, pretty nuts that at 47 he is in the top tier of Fantasy surfer, considering when John John was born Kelly was already winning World Titles.
Is the hype of the William Painter range lived up to ? The William Painter Hook was the first of there sunglasses that I saw & wore. Stylish, polarized & durable like no other pair that I have ever seen or felt, the titanium frames are the real deal. It is nothing to have a pair of these for years, you can feel the strength every time you pick them up, they are slightly heavier (in a good way) & dense than the other pairs on the market. Even a pair like the Lume which has thinner frames still has that durable strong feel!
J Bay is here & Brazil put me back down the bottom part of the Tradewind Surf Fantasy surfer table. Now that John is out I also have no idea who to pick! Anyway, here goes for J Bay, My first tier picks are Jordy Smith, for obvious hometown killed it here many a times before reasons. Then my next pick is two career Alley Oops on one wave Toledo!
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.