After a few years of me referring to Fantasy Surfer participants as Fantasy Surf geeks, this might be the end. It seems that ex-tour standout, Shea Lopez will be going onboard the Fantasy Surfer yacht as the first ever staff-pundit.
For some reason, when I think of any "fantasy" sport, I think of portly fellows sitting at a bar, pretending they are the coach of a football, baseball, or basketball team (or some other sport they are not nearly physically fit enough to take part in.) But when you get a former tour heavy and X Games gold medalist giving his two cents, the Fantasy Surfer demographic looks a lot better than the sweaty Monday morning quarterback in cubicle 3C.
My predictions for this ASP season is that Joel Parkinson will win an event, Mick Fanning will win an event, and everyone will be hanging on Shea Lopez's every last word.
Fantasy Surfer reported today that Shea will be giving expert picks and commentary, a pretty valued commodity for a guy who has faced, or at least watched, many of the surfers he will be analyzing -- at most of the breaks they will be surfing. Lopez actually has a storied history with Fantasy Surfer, as he was the first ever overall Fantasy Surfer winner, six years ago. This season, he will square off against other Fantasy Surf aces.
And if you can't get enough fun ASP facts leading up to the season, check out ESPN's own Surf-tistical Analysis of the Quiksilver Gold Coast Pro with our Aussie number-cruncher, Mike Newman. So, will I stop good-naturedly referring to most Fantasy Surfers as surf nerds who should spend more time on the shortboard and less on the keyboard ?