I have to admit it, I am having a shocker on Fantasy Surfer so far this year. The really funny thing, is that I have not being going with my own advice and picks in these previews and of course I have been getting it right. So, for Bells I am going with my gut and this here preview.
First off, congrats to the Spartan! Michel Bourez deserves an ASP win and I even reckon he could be a World Champ! He kicked ass in West Oz with his patented forehand power hacks and heading for Bells Beach he must be one of the favorites for the event win. The man is on a roll! Another guy picking up momentum and showing some serious power in the West, was Jordy Smith. He had a shocker at Snapper, but in West Oz he was looking his mature best and you know he loves Bells. Huge power carves and a big air game will make the Saffa powerhouse a danger man. Making the finals last year and in my opinion unlucky to lose, was Nat Young. The guys backhand was crafted by the big guy in the sky for perfect right hand points and Bells will be happy to see him. The duo of Taj Burrows and Josh Kerr, both looking solid so far this year will also be worth looking at if you don’t want to splash out on your Fantasy Budget on Mick, Joel or Kelly.
In the lower tiers you might want to keep an eye on Bede Durbidge, who came out of nowhere in West Oz to make a run to the Semis. I got to say I like Travis Logie if the waves are small at Bells and you know Toledo will be a danger man for sure. Keep an eye on the wildcard from bells, Cahill Bell-Warren, who put in some big scores to win the trials.
As with any event you don’t want to ignore Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning or Joel Parkinson. That would be simply foolish…
If you wondering why you are not seeing the ASP teaser video below, its because the “New” ASP dont want to share their content with us mere mortals who blog their tour and thus you get a great video from Rip Curl instead.