While Carissa Moore and Italo Ferreira ruled Finals day at the Rip Curl Newcastle Cup presented by Corona, there was no shortage of top-seed carnage enroute to the podium. We saw number one seeds Tyler Wright and John John Florence upset early, rookies and wildcards rise to the occasion, and even some unlikely veterans find their form.
Understanding that your Fantasy squad is probably scrambled at the moment, the WSL's Dimity Stoyle and Ross Williams offer up their picks for the upcoming showdown at the Rip Curl Narrabeen Classic presented by Corona. Here's where their heads are at:
Stoyle: I'm loving the rivalry that has started between Italo and Gabriel Medina this year. Medina had the highest single wave score in the Newcastle event with that 9.70 on that monster air on the left and I think he's going to be more fired up after finishing runner-up to Italo to get him back.
For the women, Carissa's backhand is really spicy, probably one of the strongest on Tour. She's also coming off of a huge win. I think she's looking incredible. She's going to be hard to beat.
Williams: Italo's energy seems endless. He has a huge appetite that is seemingly giving him an edge over the field. I don't need to tell you about his strengths. We all know he will go big. He's very aggressive, and right now, makes almost everything.
Meanwhile, Tyler Wright got the kind of result in Newcastle that should give her the motivation she needs to get a big result in the next event. Plus, her backhand surfing is stronger than most, which will give her an edge in the lefts at North Narrabeen.
Stoyle: The unpredictability of North Narrabeen, with it being a left but the possibility for a right, is going to play into Yago Dora's skill set and I think his air game is going to be super exciting to watch here.
Laura Enever, the local hero. She scored a 10 back in Fiji in 2015, I think going back-to-back-to-back upside down. Her backhand is just deadly, and I think it's going to be really exciting watching her back here on home turf. She's won World Juniors out here, I'm pretty sure, so she's got a good shot at doing some damage in the draw.
Williams: Miguel Pupo is looking sharp. Boards look fast. Not his first time around. He knows how to win heats and will be inspired by the fun sandbar lefts at Narra.
Brisa Hennessy has a solid backhand. Smart competitor. I'm thinking she'll be inspired by Isabella's performance in Newcastle being that they're both youngsters on tour. She has yet to break through with a real result this year, so she'll have a sense of urgency, for sure.