Did you ever think it possible that someone, anyone would develop a Fantasy Surfer competition, in comparable form to the baseball, football, and other fantasy leagues that dot the internet sports pages?
I’ve always had a passing interest in the World Tour. In the nineties, when I was surfing as much as humanly possible, and really became addicted, Slater began his World Champion reign, snuffing out the competition in unmatched fashion. But then you heard about the last contest results about two months after they happened. No internet, no webcasts, no live scores, nothing other than a half page contest wrap up; rip, slash, burn, Slater took the event, and $25,000 US.
We’ve been enjoying ever better webcasts of the events, so to see Slater knife through a deep, bending Teahupoo barrel live is de rigueur. To know every turn Fanning will do next is a skill developed only through spending too many hours burning my eye sockets staring at my laptop screen, spying the top 45 in some phenomenal location, and seeing almost every single heat of Fanning’s run to the title, after I claimed he would win it early in the very first contest.
Slater taking out the Globe Fiji Pro
Big deal, right? Why would I be so tuned in? Is it the webcasts alone? Nope. Even though they have come a long way in quality, they are still lacking a lot of the time. Fortunately the crews on site at the event usually have it sorted out by the business end of the contest. The real, true reason is Fantasy Surfer. I kid you not. When the game was commenced three years ago, I joined on, but the interface was weird and I locked myself out of my account. Then, two years ago I registered early, and started confabulating with myself on how to build the perfect team.
Sitting back and thinking about it, playing Fantasy Surfer, actually getting a salary cap and picking your best lineup of 8 starters sounds, well…freaky. Too mainstream-sport like. I finished that second year in the top 50 finishers out of 9000 or so.
Now, with over 17,000 teams entered, and some serious booty up for grabs, Fantasy Surfer has become a serious platform for those who take serious interest in seeing some of the world’s best surfers pushing themselves in great waves. And bet on them. It puts a little bit of the thrill of betting on the ponies into it. Rides are held up for inspection in the forums. Surfers are discussed, smack is talked. And it’s addictive. Highly addictive.
It’s not too late to enter a team for the remainder of this season. You won’t be able to win the two week boat trip grand prize, but you can win some other goodies by joining different clubhouses or having the highest team score for a contest. Plus, you’ll have enough time to learn the ropes for next year, when you’ll know the tour surfers’ strengths and weaknesses more that you know you’re own.