The WSL is headed to Victoria! The CT is leaving behind the dreamy lineups of the Gold Coast and heading down to the rugged (and still dreamy) walls of Bells. Which surfers will stumble at stop 2 and who will bounce back after sub-par performances at Dbah? Here's some fantasy factoids that will hopefully lead your teams to victory. Set your lineup here.
THE SAFE BETS:
1. Jordy Smith
Jordy Smith rips at Bells. Over the past decade, no one on Tour has more Quarterfinals (8), Semifinals (5), or Finals appearances (2) at Bells than the South African. His 15.43 average heat score at Bells is also best on tour. We expect more of the same in 2019.
2. Courtney Conlogue
In the 2015 Bells Semifinals, Courtney Conlogue was defeated by Steph Gilmore by .27 points. And that was the last time Courtney lost a heat at Bells! She went back to back as Bells champ in 2016 and 2017 and missed the 2018 event due to injury. In Tier B, she's as safe as fantasy picks come.
1. Italo Ferreira
Italo Ferreira is actually on fire. Ferreira won his first CT event at Bells last season in dominant fashion. Since then, he's bagged three more victories including the 2019 season opener at Dbah. How could you not pick him for your fantasy lineup? Well if you're really asking, consider this: In the CT event following each of his three 2018 wins, Italo was eliminated in Round 3 (13th).
2. Caroline Marks
The closest Caroline Marks came to cracking a Final in her rookie year was at Bells. Now, with her first CT win in the bag, expect a confident Marks heading back to stop No. 2. The one thing going against her: history. It's been 34 years since a female goofyfoot won at Bells (Freida Zamba in 1985). Freida still rips by the way.
1. Ezekiel Lau
Ezekiel Lau was 3rd at Bells as a rookie and 5th in his sophomore campaign. In each event, Lau lost to the eventual winners. In his third year on Tour, Zeke has yet to make a CT Final. We're gonna go out on a limb and say it happens at Bells in 2019. We hope…
2. Brisa Hennessy
Brisa Hennessy's first CT appearance came at Bells in 2016. Despite a Round 2 loss to Sally Fitzgibbons, the 16 year old wildcard showed promise. The following season at Honolua Bay, Brisa played spoiler in the World Title race, defeating Fitzgibbons in Round 2 en route to a Quarterfinal finish. Hennessy surfed well at Dbah and we expect her improved railwork to thrive in the Bells Bowl.