Snapper Rocks Picks

Shea Lopez breaks down his Fantasy Surfer team for the Quik Pro

What will Snapper look like once the waiting period opens Feb. 28? Shea Lopez claims his team can handle anything thrown its way. Photo: Joli
What’ll Snapper look like when the horn sounds? Shea Lopez claims his team can handle anything thrown its way. Photo: Joli

If there’s one thing you need to know about Snapper Rocks, it’s that sand is paramount. The bars that give rise to Snapper’s perfection are the child of the Tweed River dredge pipe that dumps sand just up the point. Throw in an east-southeast swell and you’re left with one of the most mesmerizing waves in the world. However, just what these sandbars will look like when the World Tour opens up shop is the big question. Last week, Cyclone Marcia lit up the coast with perfect conditions, but did she wash away the banks in the process or are we in for a treat? Right now, my fingers are crossed. With that in mind, I’d like to note that I’ve picked the surfers on my team based on their ability to shine whether they’re threading dredging Kirra tubes or toying with playful Snapper Rocks.

Joel Parkinson
Market Price: $9,500,000
Smoother than a glassy morning, Parko takes where others give at Snapper Rocks. And that has been one of the keys to his success at this venue. He holds an unwillingness to relinquish the top spot in a lineup that he has taken control of year after year.

Taj Burrow
Market Price: $8,500,000
If there’s a contest at Snapper, put Taj on your team. Don’t overthink it. There’s no reason to expect anything but a stellar performance from one of surfing’s perennial top competitors. Three cheers to staying young, fast, and free, like Taj.

Kolohe Andino
Market Price: $8,000,000
Targeted for stardom—and jealousy—since the get-go, Kolohe has come out from the shadows to push back any naysayers. He’s become a dominant force to be reckoned with. While Kolohe is technically superior to most, he’ll need to continue pulling from the raw elements of his surfing to become the complete package.

Julian Wilson
Market Price: $7,000,000
Julian’s been working feverishly hard to hone his competitive game. Maybe a little too hard, really. In the past, he needed the work, but at his present intersection of skill and knowledge, winning should be as second nature as surfing itself.

Filipe Toledo
Market Price: $6,500,000
Freaky fast and ferocious, Filipe feasts on high-performance rights like those found all over the Gold Coast. He’s definitely one of my favorites to win.

Keanu Asing:
Market Price: $3,500,000
“Race out and meet greatness head on.” That’s the approach I’ve witnessed Keanu Asing take during his ascension to the elite ranks of professional surfing. The surf found along the Gold Coast ideally suits Keanu’s unique and diverse skill set and should offer him an excellent opportunity for a top result.

Dusty Payne
Market Price: $3,500,000
Lessons have been learned and a second chance has arrived. After falling off tour and miraculously requalifying in the Hawaiian leg of the season, Dusty is back. He’s been training hard and his surfing is razor sharp. I’m thinking some quality results are in his future.

Ricardo Christie
Market Price: $3,000,000
Top seeds beware: Christie has a 100-mile-per-hour fastball that will leave you scratching your head and packing your bags. It’s great to see this talented young Kiwi earn his spot among the elite, where he belongs.

Set your lineup for Snapper now at FantasySurfer.com.