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, or at least not scored a measly 8.93 heat total.
Taj would’ve had to surf to a new level to win. Instead he caught the best waves, linked his turns, and fell all but once by attempting anything of consequence. Taj’s tail blow to complete his best ride vs. Bobby was as impressive as Bobby’s seamless aerial. Watching Bobby’s post heat interview, it looked like he was waiting for someone to wake him up from a bad dream. Seeing Snapper peel off perfectly for almost a week, Bobby had just lived his own worst nightmare in the Semis, the right point version of Bakio. Bobby wins at Mundaka, anyone can win at Bakio.
Jordy made all the right adjustments to the conditions – consistently nailed a variety of moves straight out of his Modern Collective repertoire, yet what should of been the easiest piece of the puzzle to complete his victory failed him. Kenny Rogers sang it best, “You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em. Know when to walk away, and know when to run.” I can almost hear Taj telling Jordy tonight in one of the trendy corners of Surfer’s Paradise, “If you’re gonna play the game, boy, ya gotta learn to play it right!” more words there from “The Gambler.” I grew up listening to those lyrics in Florida. Slater must’ve heard them a time or two as well; he’s made almost all the right plays his entire career.
If the newest group of Sacrificial Lambs are going to be around after the cutoff they better learn the game, and quick. The new ASP and the well-prepared veterans can smell their blood in the water already. The big axe job the ASP is giving after 5 events is gonna really blow. There should always be a second chance round, all 4 semi-finalists in the quick pro lost in Round One. Does anyone think this is Taj’s year? I bet Mick, Joel, and Kelly are very happy it wasn’t Dane or Jordy winning.
Please Rip Curl move the next comp to Winki as much as possible. -Shea Lopez