Fantasy surfer winner Blake Thornton's hot tips for MEO Rip Curl Pro!
Six years have passed since Gabriel Medina wept and told the crowd at the Rip Curl Pro in Portugal that this was the “third time” the judges had got it wrong.
Six years since his step-daddy Charlie threw chairs all over the surfer’s area after the last-minute win by Julian Wilson in that year’s event.
Six years since Gabriel took his runner-up award and disappeared off the stage, leaving Julian to shower himself in champagne.
And, well, wouldn’t you know.
Here we are again. A world title on the line, and starring Gabriel Medina and Julian Wilson and Filipe Toledo.
Gabriel will take the title if he wins the event and Julian gets worse than a third, Filipe worse than a ninth.
But what concerns you, and me, is how we can milk the betting agencies for our own glorious triumphs.
Since 2015 Fantasy Surfer winner Blake Thornton stepped behind the wheel here, he’s picked the winner of the Surf Ranch Pro (Gabriel Medina, fifty bucks at five-to-one, $250) and the Quiksilver Pro (Julian Wilson, thirty buck bet, won $270).
Blake says the outrageously unpredictable surf “makes the field more open. It’s a nightmare to predict the waves, however, the way I read it means there’ll be a little wind coming into the face of the lefts which should offer better barrels and lofty air sections although the wind after Tuesday is blowing a bloody gale so that may hinder the guys.”
Filipe? Fuming after Hossegor and therefore a strong bet?
“I am sure he is fuming and you wouldn’t expect back-to-back bad results but if he comes up against Callinan again in the forecasted conditions early on he could be in serious trouble.”
(Editor’s note: I ain’t throwing Filipe in the garbage. In 2015, he had the highest heat score ever in a Portugal final, 17.83, including a ten-pointer. Fifty on Filipe to win, five to one.)
“Lower seeded guys who could shake things up are Ace, Seabass and Jeremy Flores but I am kinda expecting the same guys to be at the business end. Peniche is a place where it’s twos or tens and even the best can get caught looking for waves with the flash rips and big tides. With that in mind I am tipping the following…”
- $50 on Medina at $4
- $40 on Julian at $5
- $30 on Owen at $13
- $30 on Italo at $8
- $20 on Seabass at $26
- $10 on Ace at $31
Thoughtful speculation or madness?