Billabong Pro Tahiti: Pick Your FASL Teams Today!

Teahupo‘o is one of the few waves on the World Tour that the surfers have a genuine fear of...and rightfully so. Photo: Jones

Teahupo‘o is one of the few waves on the World Tour that the surfers have a genuine fear of...and rightfully so. Photo: Jones

With the waiting period for the Billabong Pro Tahiti fast approaching (it could start as early as Monday), the time is now to pick your Fantasy Action Sports League (FASL) team! Joining the top 45 are three Tahitian wildcards, Manoa Drollet, Tamaroa McComb and Air Tahiti Nui/Von Zipper trials winner Tuamata Puhetini, so pick your squad wisely after reading what we have to say below…

-Dean ”Dingo” Morrison surfs the place really well, especially if it’s on the smaller side. You can get Dingo on the cheap right now for just $16 million.

-Manoa Drollet is the undisputed master of Teahupo‘o but if it’s in the two-to-four foot range, he’s more than beatable by guys on the WCT. That said, if it’s a proper 8-foot, he’s an instant favorite to win.

-Wildcard Tamaroa McComb is just that, wild. For just a million or two, he’s a great pick to round out your team.

-Despite his win in the trials, I’d say Puhetini is the least likely to excel as a wildcard as he has the least amount of high-level contest experience.

-Brazil’s Jadson Andre arrived early to Teahupo‘o and despite me previously writing him off as an “air guy only,” he could do well. Too bad he did so well in Brazil though, his price tag of $39 million is a joke.

-Despite his recent success, I wouldn’t pick Jordy Smith. The big kid from South Africa hasn’t put in enough time at the treacherous left hand reef pass to warrant his huge price tag of $48 million.

-Go heavy on the goofyfoots; unless their name is Kelly or Andy, the regular footers are mismatched against the goofys in the twisting Teahupo‘o caves.

-It’s pronounced “Cho-po”. You don’t want to sound like a kook while standing around the water cooler talking about how your FASL team kicked ass this past weekend at “Cho-poo.”

-The waiting period begins Monday, do your homework and create your 2010 Billabong Pro Tahiti team at www.fantasyactionsportsleague.com.

-Watch all the action unfold live at www.billabongpro.com and quietly (if you’re at work) pull for your guys. It’s a great event to watch live if you live in the US as the time difference is only three hours ahead of California.