Editor's note: Get your feet wet with WSL Fantasy Surfing at the Surf Ranch Pro starting September 6 in Lemoore, California.
It was new faces vs. Tahiti favorites in fun-sized Teahupo'o last week. Gabriel Medina won the event for the second time in his career, joining an exclusive group of athletes with multiple wins at the iconic Tahitian left.
He was also the most popular Fantasy start, But how did your lineup line up?
Check out what our resident quantitative analytics team -- the WSL Quants -- uncovered.
Sleeper Pick: Michael February
Wildcard! Just 3.1% of you saw this coming. The stylish South African had his best result of 2018, making the Quarterfinals and becoming part of the perfect Fantasy lineup for the first time in his career.
Bummer Pick: Julian Wilson
The 2017 Tahiti champion wasn't able to repeat his magic run in this year's event. The ocean went quiet during his Round 2 matchup with local Wildcard Tikanui Smith. Wilson was left searching for a 1.84 as time and 57% of perfect lineups expired.
Filipe Toledo made his Title intentions clear by spending extra time training in Tahiti prior to the event. It didn't take long for the hard work to pay off-Filipe quickly got into a rhythm and nabbed an 8.50, the highest score of Round 1. The momentum continued all the way to a career high 3rd place finish at Teahupo'o, a spot in the perfect Fantasy lineup, and a 6,300 point lead in the Title Race.
0 Perfect MCT Fantasy Lineups
No one has achieved the elusive perfect lineup for a Men's event in 2018. Luca Haole came the closest during Tahiti, picking seven of eight perfect-lineup surfers. Had he started Mikey February instead of Jesse Mendes in Tier C he would have had it! Cheers Luca.
The Surf Ranch Pro
The forecast is looking really, really good. Keep an eye out for some hot takes in the Surf Ranch Fantasy Preview, and don't miss the Surf Ranch Pro Sept 6-9.