2009 Billabong Pro Mundaka Day 2

Your new ASP ratings leader; Mick Fanning

Your new ASP ratings leader; Mick Fanning

By Jamie Tierney

Full disclosure. I did not attend the Billabong Pro Mundaka today but am
writing a contest report about it anyway. I know I am not the first person
to do this but I believe I’m the first to admit it.  If you watched the
webcast, as I did, from Sopelana this morning, you wouldn’t have wanted to
be there either.  “Brutal,” “miserable” were the words contest director Mike
Parsons used to describe the cold, rainy, howling onshore surf.  I was more
than happy to see it on a computer screen from the warm, cozy confines of my
hotel room in France.   After 8 heats it was mercifully over and the comp
moved 30 minutes east to Mundaka.

That’s when it got interesting. I called Kelly Slater and asked him what he
was up to.  I knew he was in France as trying to rehab a sore knee. I
figured he was going to withdraw from the comp considering that he could
barely walk when I saw him two days ago. “Knee’s feeling a little better
today,” he said.  “Not sure yet what I’m going to do.”

A few hours later I flipped on the webcast to watch the start of Round 2 at
Mundaka. I hadn’t heard from Kelly and wasn’t sure what he’d decided.
During the Dane Reynolds/Kekoa Bacalso heat the phone rang. It was Kelly.
“Going to drive to Spain, you want to come along?”

Normally this would be a no brainer. Of course I would. But this time was
different.  This time I’ve been hanging out for two and a half weeks in a
place that, this time of year, normally has some of the best and most
consistent surf in the world. But this trip, at two weeks in I had not seen
any waves over waist high.  It’s killing me. It’s killing everyone here.  To
add insult to injury, today it was finally 6 foot but was so stormy it was
nearly un-rideable.

Tomorrow, though, my last day in Europe, it’s supposed to be offshore.  The
best day in a month.  SoŠmy choice. Go with Kelly to Spain and watch
surfing, stay that night and watch the final day tomorrow? Or stay in France
and surf?

I stayed.

The webcast got better.  Mundaka looked head high and chunky, but fun. CJ
Hobgood and Bobby Martinez both landed huge airs and were ripping.  Parko,
who’s clearly dealing with a nagging injury, collected his third 17th in a
row and went down to Drew Courtney while Mick Fanning smoked David Weare and
took the ratings lead for the first time in two years.

And Kelly? He did a two and a half hour drive through holiday weekend
traffic in ninety minutes.  Then he paddled straight out and, after a
tentative start, posted the highest heat score of the contest against Jihad
Khodr, who surprisingly put up a good fight.

Tomorrow the comp will likely finish at Mundaka on the evening low tide.
After a surf or three in France I will make my way there and I will write a
report based on things that I actually see in person.

I promise.

Heat 9:
Dean Morrison (AUS) 13.66 def. Dean Bowen (AUS) 9.96
Heat 10: Mick Campbell (AUS) 11.77 def. Marcos San Segundo (EUK) 9.50
Heat 11: Chris Davidson (AUS) 12.34 def. Nathaniel Curran (USA) 10.93
Heat 12: Michael Picon (FRA) 14.20 def. Tim Reyes (USA) 13.00
Heat 13: Nic Muscroft (AUS) 14.50 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 8.43
Heat 14: Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 10.50 def. Dustin Barca (HAW) 5.67
Heat 15: Chris Ward (USA) 10.86 def. Dayyan Neve (AUS) 9.20
Heat 16: Greg Emslie (ZAF) 15.00 def. Jay Thompson (AUS) 10.34

Heat 1:
C.J. Hobgood (USA) 15.00 def. Nic Muscroft (AUS) 8.27
Heat 2: Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 13.33 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 8.20
Heat 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.67 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 9.43
Heat 4: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 13.83 def. Michael Picon (FRA) 10.53
Heat 5: Bobby Martinez (USA) 16.84 def. Chris Ward (USA) 7.00
Heat 6: Chris Davidson (AUS) 13.16 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 12.80
Heat 7: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 14.36 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 10.27
Heat 8: Drew Courtney (AUS) 13.67 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 11.30
Heat 9: Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.67 def. David Weare (ZAF) 5.73
Heat 10: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 11.74 def. Dean Morrison (AUS) 5.44
Heat 11: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 11.63 def. Greg Emslie (ZAF) 10.37
Heat 12: Taylor Knox (USA) 11.23 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 11.10
Heat 13: Kelly Slater (USA) 17.84 def. Jihad Khodr (BRA) 15.30
Heat 14: Tom Whitaker (AUS) 11.96 def. Mick Campbell (AUS) 9.84
Heat 15: Taj Burrow (AUS) 12.83 def. Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 12.70
Heat 16: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 12.33 def. Ben Dunn (AUS) 11.43

Heat 1:
C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Kekoa Bacalso (HAW)
Heat 2: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Bede Durbidge (AUS)
Heat 3: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Chris Davidson (AUS)
Heat 4: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Drew Courtney (AUS)
Heat 5: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 6: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Taylor Knox (USA)
Heat 7: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Tom Whitaker (AUS)
Heat 8: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)