Snapper Picks

Shea Lopez on who to put on your Fantasy Surfer team for the Quik Pro at Snapper

Taj Burrow, proven to be a deadly draw at the first event of the year. Photo: Ellis
Taj Burrow, proven to be a deadly draw at the first event of the year. Photo: Ellis

The waiting period for the Quik Pro Gold Coast starts tomorrow, so pick your Fantasy Surfer team now.

Taj Burrow
Market Price: $10,000,000
I’ve watched Taj surf Snapper enough to know you don’t mess with him out there. History has a tendency of repeating itself.

Filipe Toledo
Market Price: $7,000,000
With Filipe, it’s easy to make comparisons to a young Taj. For his competitors, this young Brazilian firecracker can blow up in their hand if they look away for a second. Nobody who draws Filipe at Snapper is safe.

Jordy Smith
Market Price: $10,500,000
The surf at Snapper rarely gets over the head-high threshold, which hinders Jordy’s ability to exert the full force of his facilities. In the past, however, proper equipment and some smart wave selection has still seen him squash lightweights like Taj and Felipe.

Dane Reynolds
Market Price: $1,500,000
In previous attempts at Snapper, Dane has struggled with thin lips and soft shoulders. Like Jordy, his brash attacks benefit from more powerful waves. Despite needing a pulsing ocean to truly shine, I still put Dane on my team for Snapper. He’s far from a sure thing, but he’s a breath of fresh air for the sport whenever he touches the water.

Kolohe Andino
Market Price: $4,500,000
Growing up at San Clemente’s high-performance cobblestone peaks, Kolohe is ideally suited to shine at Snapper. If he can find the confidence and focus to click into his higher gears against the world’s best, he’ll be mopping the floors with his victims.

Jadson Andre
Market Price: $4,000,000
Some surfers have a knack for reinvention. I wouldn’t be surprised if Jadson finds himself a big result in the near future because of the way he’s been training, focusing, and steadily improving over the last few years.

Julian Wilson
Market Price: $9,500,000
Quarters are a given, semis are likely, and a spot in the final could very well happen. But, oddly enough, a win seems out of the question for Julian. That is what I’ve observed from Julian so far at the World Tour level, and until he finds a way to carry his momentum from the start to the finish of an event, the top spots in the rankings will continue to be filled by the usual suspects.

Owen Wright
Market Price: $3,000,000
If Owen truly has his back straightened out, the only place he’s visiting now is going to be the top. It is with much anticipation that I regard his return to the water.