|The bus is packed, and everyone's fired up for the 2006 run of the Planet Reef tour sponsored by Reef, Dragon, Fuel TV, Surfing Magazine and Surf Aid International. Stop one landed the crew in Ben Bourgeois' hometown of Wrightsville, North Carolina where the Atlantic spat out waves in the 2-3ft range and the weather was sweltering hot without a trace of wind. Ben's fellow team riders Rob Machado, Evan Valiere, and Chris Abad joined him for the 2nd annual Reef/Sweetwater Surf Shop Pro-am where a $20,000 of prize purse was up for grabs. Other pros such as Pat O'Connell, Brett Simpson, Aaron Cormican, Asher Nolan, Rizal Tanjung, and Mike Todd came to town also to fight for their stake in it as well. After all was said and done, Aaron Cormican threw down a big air in the final to walk away with the $5000 first prize followed up by Simpson in second, Bourgeois in third, and Machado in fourth.
Saturday night's inaugural tour and contest party was a cowboy themed "hoedown" highlighted by none other than a Daisy Duke contest as well lots of music, dancing, and adult beverage consumption by lots of highly responsible adults. Held across the street from the contest site at a bar called Red Dog's, no one came away disappointed or better yet sober from another typical tour party filled to the rim with debauchery. The next stop on the liver destruction train takes the tour to the second stop on July16 in Virginia Beach—a city in a state they say "is for lovers." Guaranteed weirdness.
Tour notes: As he did last year, Hurricane has taken the wheel for the tour. Known for his legendary prowess with the ladies, Hurricane's also been the bus driver for such famous bands as Huey Lewis & the News, Backstreet Boys and is lined up to drive the boys from Korn and others. He's an amazing human being. More on him later. Besides the surf comp, Ben Bourgoeis, and Chris Abad have taken on a "motorboat" contest for the rest of the trip. What's a motorboat? It's when you stick your face between a woman's breasts and make motor noises as you move your head back and forth. The results still have to be tallied for the first night.
We'll be updating the site with new pics and stories everyday. Virginia Beach…..hmmmm, what's gonna happen next.