By Chas Smith
Rip Curl found her darling and it is the beachbreak Belgas. Supertubos sits across the peninsula, windblown and sullen, but Belgas, sweet Belgas, keeps churning out glorious barrels. Glassy as a disco ball. And sections oh so puntable. Jordy almost landed a kickflip 540. That is how puntable.
Today's action was limited to three heats. Three predictable heats. Freddy P beating Ben Dunn. Adriano de Souza beating Jihad Khodr. Timmy Reyes beating Kieren Perrow. Surfers and commentators felt that Patacchia's surfing was the best of the day. Spectators cheered loudly for everyone. And especially for the Brazilians.
I wonder if Timmy Reyes ever gets tired of getting called Timmy? I wonder if Timmy Curran does too?
The surfing was good. Barrels, top turns etc etc. but the real glory came in the expression session that followed. CJ Hobgood, Bobby Martinez, Owen Wright, Taj Burrow, Jordy Smith, Kai Otton Martin Potter all threw loads of airs. Except Martin Potter who surfed with grace and power. Owen landed an alley-oop no grab 360. Jordy almost pulled a huge rodeo in addition to his kickflip 540. Bobby launched a thick frontside air and almost landed on Pottz.
Owen Wright won the 1,000 Euro purse. Brodie Carr gets a free dinner.
I wonder if Bobby Martinez ever gets tired of getting called Bobby?
I watched the expression session with famed commentator Dave Mailman and ASP CEO Brodie Carr. They enjoyed the hot action and compared notes on their fantasy surf teams. Both of them did poorly. Earlier in the event Dave Mailman and guessed that Aritz Aranburu would score a perfect twenty in his heat. Aritz scored an 11.40.
I had arm wrestled Brodie the night before. We used to hate each other. I hated him because of his clothing choices. He hated me because I don't understand the word "integrity." We met in the hotel Soliel Peniche bar, locked hands and wrestled. And wrestled. He beat me, bought me a beer, and now we are besties. I love Brodie Carr.
A sixteen-year old Portuguese girl wondered why Kai Otton and Taj Burrow had African hair.
The event finished for the day and I am going to Lisbon for a bender. It is an hour away. I will stay up all night, go to Lux and arrive before the 7:30 call time tomorrow. Hopefully. Belgas again. Everyone loves Belgas.
REMAINING RIP CURL PRO SEARCH ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 14: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 15.17 def. Ben Dunn (AUS) 8.83
Heat 15: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.00 def. Jihad Khodr (BRA) 10.07
Heat 16: Tim Reyes (USA) 13.06 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 9.50
RIP CURL PRO SEARCH ROUND 3 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Jordy Smith (ZAF)
Heat 2: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. Bede Durbidge (AUS)
Heat 3: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Drew Courtney (AUS)
Heat 4: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Joel Parkinson (AUS)
Heat 5: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Dane Reynolds (USA)
Heat 6: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Damien Hobgood (USA)
Heat 7: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 8: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Tim Reyes (USA)