There are a lot of changes being implemented on Tour right now. But the change that may make the biggest impact on deciding an event champion is the extra round. In my experience, nothing is more taxing physically and emotionally than a simple 30-minute heat, during which I’ve collapsed in the sand after at Bells,
There are two types of breaks on tour that separate the phenomenal from the very talented; the large and life-threatening (Teahupoo and Pipeline), and the perfect rippable wall (Snapper and Lowers). When these waves are on, everyone strives to be phenomenal but in reality only a certain group of surfers have that kind of ability.
You’re either going to love me or hate me. For this year’s Hurley Pro at Trestles I am going Red, White, and Blue. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, American surf fans are the least expressive of any nation. You better believe every Brazilian living within a three-hour drive will be at
Andy’s Back. It took a while, there have been hiccups, but after getting, first his surfing back and then his focus, AI was as good as he’s ever been. If he had won in 10 foot surf, that would be great and all, but it would’ve been predictable because his talent in those conditions is
Yesterday, the final four heats of Round Three were completed in small, mushy surf and Mick, AI, and Damo all won their heats in quick succession. If you watch the highlight video on the Billabong Pro website you’ll see you didn’t miss a thing. The waves were dreadful and the weather the same. With Marco Polo’s
A dozen surfers suffered the biggest losses of their lives today in Tahiti. And with only nine days between the Billabong Pro Tahiti and the Hurley Pro at Trestles, the question remains: of the 13 World Tour surfers being cut, how many will have to cancel tickets to California, or go to the event only to
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