The heaviest losses came from Slater (41% of picks), Barron Mamiya (10%), Kanoa Igarashi (4%), Griffin Colapinto (3%) and Italo Ferreira (1%).
Over a thousand people entered the arena of the Surfival League, their dreams shimmering with thoughts of five-thousand American dollars in cash and three custom PANDA surfboards.
Winner take all.
Surfival League was born, of course, after years of surf fans winning the Surfer or WSL’s fantasy leagues and getting stiffed of prizes.
Three years back, we interviewed Shane Starling, a forty-eight-year-old cycling enthusiast, who picked ten of the eleven event winners that year and his victory came and went entirely unremarked and unacknowledged by the WSL.
The first year of Surfival, a handyman from Colorado won a thousand bucks (world champ CJ Hobgood placed second).
Last year, a butcher from Bondi won three-gees and a three-board quiver from PANDA surfboards.
Rules, real simple.
You pick one surfer, they advance past the Round of 32, and you advance. They don’t, you don’t. Winner take all.
Well, the round of 32 just concluded at Pipe and 64% of the league is out.
Six-hundred and forty players from that initial one thousand, gone.
Usually 10-25% of the league is gutted after each event.
This year, the heaviest losses came from Slater (41% of picks), Barron Mamiya (10%), Kanoa Igarashi (4%), Griffin Colapinto (3%) and Italo Ferreira (1%).
Who hath angered the Surfival Gods so?
What’s next for those 64% who are out?
Go back to Fantasy Surfer?
That’s no fun!
The Surfival Gods are cooking up a Loser’s League.
And we’re open to ideas.