Last Friday, SURFER Magazine competed in the Battle of The Media during the Surfing America USA Championships, and finished in third place. But we weren’t down there to relive our competitive glory days. Nope, we wanted to surf Lowers with only four other people.
The team consisted of Managing Editor Brendon Thomas, Photo Editor Grant Ellis, Assistant Art Director Cody Iddings, and myself. All week Cody could barely sit at his desk in anticipation of surfing perfect Lowers. I’m pretty sure Cody set the record for most iChat messages saying the same thing: “Aaron we’re going to surf Lowers with only four other people; can you believe that,” was all I heard until it was Cody’s time to shine.
We don’t want to make excuses, but the decision of going to Pedro’s Tacos moments before taking the water may have had something to do with our third place finish. We elected not to go the healthy route of eating some fruit and nuts, but eat what was cheap and had a drive-thru. “I nearly puked trying to stand-up,” said Thomas freesurfing before his heat. Ironically, the only one who wasn’t weighed down by San Clemente’s finest Mexican food was Cody.
After not fully capitalizing on my whammy (the option to double what you think is your best wave) wave, Cody put the team on his back and put us into third place, by scoring an 8.33 with only minutes left in the heat. Prior to Cody taking the water, Grant kept SURFER in contention with a strong fronthand that had groms across the beach taking notes.
My iChat has gone back to messages regarding lunch and weekend plans and Cody still can’t believe he got to surf Lowers with only four other people. Today, tomorrow, and the next day I will be sending Cody the same message over and over…”Wait Till Next Year.”