We all knew it was out there, the perfect right hander just off the beach, running for ever. It had to be, the ying to Skeleton Bay’s Yang. Well here it is, with 3 time World Champ, Mick Fanning sampling it. Make no mistake, my experience of Namibia tells me this wave is way more heavy and difficult than it appears, but hell, at least its warm water. Certainly this wave just went number 1 on my destination list! Is it in Africa, Mexico or somewhere even more off the radar?
What if I told you there was an unknown sand-bottom right that is five kilometres long, breaks 20 metres off the beach, holds six foot of swell and has only been surfed by four people on the entire planet?
Would you believe me?
What if good-ol’-having-a-year-off-Mick Fanning was one of those surfers, and he told you that this wave had him haulin’ arse like an F1 driver down a strip of sand that never seemed to end.
Would you believe him?
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This ain’t no fucking wave pool! This is the real world. This is The Snake.
Flawless but difficult Teahupoo in the 9-10ft region greeted the surfers on tour, for Day 1 in Tahiti. There were many standouts, but only one ten point ride thus far, by wild card surfer, Nathan Hedge.
Thats right, Jordy Smith schooled the pro tour! Two high 9’s in 4 minutes, then snapped a leash and did the run around, while the poor goofy footers in his heat anxiously tried to compete while in combo land. Jordy popped back into the lineup and promptly caught the wave of the day, absolutely destroyed it and got a perfect 10. He clearly wants to defend his title at Jbay.
Other standouts living in Jordy’s rather large shadow, were Josh Kerr ripping and pulling the first Kerupt Flip at Jbay, Kai Otton with one of the best tubes of the day taking out Parko and Mick Fanning. Local wildcard, Dylan Lightfoot surfed super well against Kelly Slater in Round 1 and Gabriel Medina in Round 2. He did not get through, but certainly did not embarrass himself either. The experience of surfing against these guys will have been an invaluable learning experience for the young man.
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Thats right, Kelly Slater owns the Volcom Pro Fiji. Yes he won it, but after 4 wins and absolutely destroying all comers in this year’s event, he is now officially the King of Cloudbreak. Surfing a teeny tiny Quad board again in large overhead waves of consequence, Kelly looked like a kid in a candy store, getting deep tubes, doing ridiculous turns and generally surfing like most humans would in 3ft beachbreak – I did mention it was heavy Cloudbreak…
Jordy Smith Surfed amazing the whole event and has definitely broken his South Pacific Hoodoo! He was one fo the favorites, but came up against John John Florence in the quarters and almost had him beat, until the wave Gods smiled on the Hawaiian and delivered a wave in the last 20 seconds of the Quarter. Joel Parkinson was back to his best and showing why he is World Champion and good bud, Mick Fanning went all the way to the final and 2nd place on tour, just to get schooled like everyone else by King Kelly. Kelly now sits atop the ratings once more, followed by Mick and Jordy. The stage is set for the Oakley Pro in bali starting next week and it promises to be one explosive event!