I can’t remember if it’s day eight, or nine, or even maybe day 10 of the Billabong Pro, Tahiti. But Damien Hobgood surely knows what day it is. Being in the first heat of the draw for an event that takes place a half-mile out to sea and has been on call at 6 a.m.
How the headline would’ve read in 2009: Congratulations Bede Durbidge J-Bay Pro Champion! But it’s 2010 and the ASP has changed the judging criteria. They now have deemed every heat to be an airshow. Apologies to Bede for my error. But what I witnessed was Bede catching proper J-Bay walls and tearing them to pieces.
Today was a good day–if you’re South African, or would like someone besides Kelly to win this years world title. Say whatever you want about Kelly losing by .04 to Sean, but the truth is Kelly fell on his first wave and the best wave of the heat. At inconsistent J-Bay, there is no room
Today at J-Bay was a perfect example of what the World Tour is all about. You see, for the majority of us viewers the real draw, and what keeps us drooling at our computer screens all night, is the mind-numbing perfect surf. Faced with the daily grind and so-so surf at our local break, we
This really shouldn’t be happening. I shouldn’t be the one to write of this travesty. I’m much too close to the subject in peril: The Gulf of Mexico. These waters make up 90% of my body. As I cry for the Gulf, my tears taste of its salt. Without a childhood learning to surf on
I’d like to begin by thanking everyone that joined us this week. Whether you were physically on the beach at Lowers enjoying the perfect stretch of SoCal weather, or online for the webcast anchored by the larger-than-life Peter Mel, we were all able to walk away from this event knowing that it was truly one for
By Shea Lopez With Jadson Andre’s victory over Kelly Slater today, the Dream Tour lived up to its name for the first time in 2010, and no, I’m not talking about the 3-foot waves on offer today. I’m talking about the Other Dream. For the last few years nobody on tour has put more energy into
By Shea Lopez Change. That’s been the war cry for the ASP in 2010. Lost in all the World Tour confusion of mid-season cuts, new formats, and judging overhauls was the introduction of the Prime series. For surfers either looking to qualify or just stay on the World Tour, the Prime series events are a
Who says men can't multi-task? Just now I simultaneously watched my grass grow, a fresh coat of paint dry on the garage door, water boil to make some Easter eggs, and round 1 of the Rip Curl Pro at Bells.
And without further ado, I give you The Anti-climax! I hate being negative; it’s so easy to do, yet so hard to do right. Three more heats – that’s all that needed to be run of the Men’s Comp by last night, and the Quik Pro would’ve been a major success. Dane Reynolds would’ve won,