Fantasy Surfing- what is it
Fantasy surfing is a professional fantasy sports league for surfing. But a lot of people how does it work? Before you do anything or learn anything about fantasy surfing, you need to create an account to get into that site to then play. Head to WSL fantasy surfing to do so.
Fantasy surfing allows you to pick competitors for each event on the championship tour and collect points. There is different Tiers for each women and men teams and you are given all the stats, heat analysis, average place and results each surfer has done at each event so you can pick the best team. You can pick the same team the entire year if you want to but most people Chang eat up as the season goes on and each event is about to happen. Just remember that you can only pick your team for each event before the actual event starts. After that you cannot change it anymore.
How do you play?
Well you first have to create an account here. Then you can play either as an individual or against others in a league that somebody creates. If a league is public, anybody who has a Fantasy surfing team account can join. If the league is private, only the players with the password to get in will be able to join and compete in it.
If you want to earn points for an event, you have to make sure you pick your teams before round 1 begins. If you are late after round 1, you can still create a team but you will not be able to receive points for the previous rounds. That means that if you are the creator of a fantasy surfing league, you need to be reminding everybody to do their picks before round 1 begins. And if you are playing individually, you need to make sure you are up to date with the events about to happen.
How does the points work?
When a surfer on your team scores their two wave total during their heat, you will get those points awarded to your fantasy surfing team. So for example if upon have Kelly Slater in your team and he scores a 18points heat total, you will be awarded 18 points to your account. If a surfer skips round 1 and round 3 like Carissa Moore did at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast in 2014, you are awarded 40 points automatically.
What happens when it’s a non elimination round or a surfer doesn’t surf a round?
There is now two elimination round on the championship tour; round 1 and round 4 for the men and round 1 and round 3 for the women. If a surfer wins a mon elimination round, he/she gets to skip the next round. If you chose that surfer that won, you will automatically get awarded 20 points for the round skipped. So when you are picking your surfers, study and pick the ones most likely to win heats and skip rounds.
Do you have to pick just one lineup for the entire season?
No! Fantasy surfing allows you to pick a different team for each event on the championship tour. Which can be very helpful and can come be advantageous when it comes to performance at the different surf destinations.
For example: maybe you want to get more right footers for Bells beach or J-Bay as it is a right handed point break. Or you might want to select more goofy footers at Teahupoo or Pipeline. Which allows you to switch your teams up and giving you the greatest chance to earn points.
Now, if one of the surfers that you selected gets injured, and won’t be able to surf that event. They will withdraw and you will be able to add another surfer instead. Make sure to stay up to date with the surfers and events.
What are the tiers?
Fantasy surfing is broken into threw tiers. Tier A, Tier B, and Tier C from which you select the surfers for your team. The surfers rank on the tour determines his/her tiers. This means that you’ll have to stay up to date with the ranking of the championship tour for women and men to get the best team.
It’s important to know that the tiers can change up during the season as the ranking changes. You might not want to expect a world champion on tier C or B. Everyone is capable of moving to Tier A so keep an eye out.
Here are the Tier breakdowns for men and women
Tier A: players get 2 picks from ranks 1-8
Tier B: players get 4 picks from ranks 9-24
Tier C: players get 2 picks from ranks 25-34
Tier A: players get 1 pick from ranks 1-3
Tier B: players get 2 picks from rams 4-12
Tier C: players get 1 pick from rank 13-17
Since 2015, the World Surf League added the ability to select wildcards as part of Tier C. This is great way to go for it and play the odds with a wildcard.
Be Aware of the Stats
Experience can play a huge role when picking your teams. Rookies are great, they go for it with 100% and are not scared of who they are going against. Remember that even through they are rookies, it still took them a lot of work to be in the top 34 or 17 at the elite level of the championship tour. There is still more to be expected when surfers have been on tour for years and have more experience at the surf spots. If your choice has to come down to a rookie or a more experience surfer with the same qualities and skills, make sure to know who was on tour first and the knowledge they might have compared to the other. Experience can really make the make or break spots in places like Pipeline or Teahupoo where knowing the wave and how it works really comes into play.
This is something else to look for when picking your team; average heat scores. Look at how that surfers have done over the years for that event and what was their average heat scores. Because whatever the score is at the end of a heat, that is the points that you will get into your account. So pick the ones that have the higher heat scores for a better overall team and points.
This percentage stat is the percentage of how many players of fantasy surfing have selected that surfer. It’s great to look at it if you are not familiar with some names on the tour or if you are not sure who to pick between two surfers.
For example Johanne Defay was only given a 6% start rate by few people on her second year on tour. But she did so well and players earned 464 points last season, which is 100 more points than what Laura Enever got and had a 16% start of fantasy players.
Johanne Defay might be one of the best to select, but if you are stuck and don’t know who to pick go back to that and it might give you more ideas.
By average ranking I mean the average place that surfers are getting in events. Some surfers will end up 8th on the championship tour at the end of the year, but actually averaged 10th at each event. Look how well your surfers did the last season to give you more of an idea who is good to pick or not.
Well there you have it, fantasy surfing and what it all entails. We have given you our secrets to a better team and to having more points at each event. Just remember to pick your teams before round 1 of each event.
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