Easy to play, limited numbers, a thousand bucks to the champ…
Editor’s note: Maybe you’ll remember the sad story of Shane Starling, the Berlin-based data analyst who won the WSL’s Fantasy Surfer League last year. Shane picked ten of the eleven winners and didn’t get a damn thing for his year’s work, the victory unremarked and unacknowledged by the owner of the game. Shane called the game, a “dead platform. You can’t communicate with other players, you can’t banter. And if they gave even a small prize it would make the competition more lively. You play the game and that’s it.”
So in swung Taylor Lobdell, from Costa Mesa but who works in the tech biz in San Francisco. He created Surfival League in March, and shortly before the tour was postponed. Twenty bucks to join. Thousand bucks to the winner.
Like the tour, it got iced. But now it’s back.
Below, Lobdell explains how it works and how to join the gang.
Fantasy Surfer is back but “not sure if corporate will supply prizes”.
Also, WSL Fantasy is back and rules are as confusing as ever.
We announced the winner-take-all “Survivor League” on March 12, and on March 13 ELO and the WSL pulled the plug and we’ve been hibernating ever since.
If you don’t remember us, here’s a refresher.
Premise: Fantasy Surfing sucks and is complicated.
We’ve simplified it.
1. Pick one surfer each event.
2. Surfer must advance past Round of 32.
3. You can’t pick same surfer twice.
4. Winner takes $1000.
We’re going to help you out here.
Here’s five surfers that should advance past Round of 32. Remember, you can only pick one per contest and you can’t pick the same surfer twice.
Yes there’s some “uncomfortability” with picking a forty-eight-year-old man with recent Instagram Drama, but it’s the GOAT and it’s Pipeline.
Gabe is on a roll at Pipe with a runner-up finish in 2019 and a win in 2018. He’s going to get through the Round of 32. Only downside is you would be burning your Gabe pick early and having to watch that bow-legged cowboy march his way up to the grandstand to receive trophy after trophy for the rest of the year. But hey, at least you’ll be there to watch?
Some kids grow up playing in their backyard swing set. John John played at Pipe. Stick him in there.
Two-time Pipe Master. J-Flo did have a first-round exit last year, but lightning don’t strike twice, does it? Well, unless you’re my sweet old Uncle Staffy. Man’s been struck twice now out in the cornfields of Iowa. And once in Laguna. Call it luck, call it chance, but don’t call it a comeback. J-Flo advances.
Five years ago, little Jackie Robinson, then seventeen, won the Pipe Trials and in 2019 he won the Volcom Pipe Pro. Kid is comfortable out there. He’s a lock. But who has the key? The WA phenom has the skillset and the sweetpea personality to take it all… including our hearts. Is that enough?
Who do you got?