Snapper Preview

Shea Lopez on who to pick for your Fantasy Surfer team

The 2012 ASP World Tour kicks off at Snapper Rocks in just a few days. Photo: Joli

Shea's lineup for the Quik Pro Gold Coast.

Jordy Smith: If I were Jordy, it would be difficult to watch the focus shift to the next generation. Jordy needs to start drawing from his past wins and experience on the World Tour to find a formula for his success. Snapper should be a wave he can win easily at.

Julian Wilson: Julian is healthy, home, and hungry. I don't see many mistakes coming from him at Snapper.

Alejo Muniz: Alejo made the semis at Snapper last year. After an electric rookie year, Alejo will be an even tougher draw in 2012 at Snapper.

Dusty Payne: Dusty should have settled down enough after two rough years on the Tour to start manufacturing quality heat wins instead of just quality highlights. The talent is there for him to have a much better 2012. (Update: Dusty has officially withdrawn since this posting due to injury.)

Kolohe Andino: Kolohe has the ability to make some very good surfers look downright stupid at Snapper. Scalps will be taken at the perfect venue for Kolohe to make a point.

John John Florence: Don't expect Pipe performance levels at Snapper from John, but do expect an explosive display of tail and fins. And if he connects consistently—not only landing maneuvers, but also landing quality waves—John can be as unstoppable at Snapper as he is at Pipe.

Mick Fanning: There's something to be said for consistency. If you mess up against Mick, he will torch you. At his home break after half a year at home getting ready for this event, his competitors had better watch out.

Dane Reynolds: How can you not put Dane on your team? It's only 1.5 million for the best/worst surfer on the planet, so go ahead and pick him and prepare to lose some sleep.

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