Across Generations

Highlights from day 4 of the CWC

By Matt Skenazy

It's something hard-core surf contest fans dream about--One of the best surfers of all time surfing against the best progressive surfer of Now in the same heat.

"What if Jordy surfed against Tom Curren? Who would win?" I can already here them whispering over the webcast.

Well question answered today at the CWC when Jordy and Tom met in the final heat of the round of 96, and to spice it up John John Florence was in there too. With three different surfing generations in the same heat, it was clearly the heat of the day. The cliffs were packed. We waited.

Jordy caught his first wave and bashed his way gracefully to an 8.17. There were mumbles on the cliff that he was over-scored, that the wave only deserved a six, but he surfed the wave for all it was worth, couldn't have done anything better. Tom got a wave. So much style.

John John next. "I would hate to be John John in this heat," an old guy next to me said, turning and walking away. It wasn't John John at Backdoor, but it was good. Only a 5.9 though. It was a heat that seemed to lack sets, but they went back and forth, trading blows when the waves did come.

And the winner is...Shaun Ward. Shaun Ward? Oh yeah, Huntingon Beach's unsponsored darkhorse Shaun Ward was in the heat too. And he killed it -- clearly the best surfer in the water for those twenty minutes,

Joel Centeio was on fire too. He netted one of the highest heat totals of the day with a 17.26. Joel was surfing Sunset on Sunday and hopped on a red-eye to make it to his early heats in Santa Cruz. He was off the plane and in to the lineup. Literally.

"It's kind of weird to be going from such a big board one day to my 6'0" the next," he said on Wednesday night. Clearly, it's not that big of a problem.

The surprise of the day was watching Nathaniel Curran and Timmy Reyes both lose in the round of 48, especially after how well they were surfing these past few days.

In the Oakley Pro Junior, the heat of the day featured Nat Young, Cory Arrambide, Dillon Perillo and Kolohe Andino. Young took first with a 15.57, and Dillon Perillo advanced to the semis as well, posting a 13.57.

"I switched back to an old board," Young said after his heat, explaining the difference between his first round exit in the main event and his success in the Oakley Pro. "It wasn't the board, it was me, but I couldn't figure it out. I just tried to catch the ones that I would get while I'm free surfing."

So the field narrows, and the spectators increase. The waves pick up, and we all get to think about future "dream heat draws."