Picked up a few Matt Biolos “Mayhems” yesterday….nothing like new toys….feeling like a kid in a candy store.
Back in the USA for the US Open at Huntington. Took the long walk down to Trestles, it’s far, but there are always some fun waves to be had. Frothing for some more Trestles action!
Yesterday (24 July) would’ve been Andy’s birthday. It was very sad to not have him tearing J’bay to shreds. You were truly missed and thought of. You were a huge inspiration to all of us. RIP
He did us oh so proud in 2010 with his maiden World Tour win on Nelson Mandela’s birthday in super fun waves at Supers. The sun was out, and it seemed the whole of South Africa was there to support him. In my opinion it was the most amazing win of 2010 – being his first and in his back yard! It also set up an epic World Title race with Kelly Slater, Jordy unfortunately finished 2nd in the world (not bad hey?).
He was back in 2011, looking sharp from Round 1. The final day was different to 2010 though. It was raining and very challenging. Jordy’s Al Merrick looked amazing, I must say! Going back-to-back is not an easy thing to do. It takes a lot of big match temperament, nerves of steel and bucket loads of confidence. Jordy was oozing with confidence. Mick Fanning gave him a run for his money, but in the end Jordy was too tough to beat. Well done Jordy!! I even almost shed a tear while he did his speech. I look forward to you lifting that World Title Trophy at the end of the year!
After finishing 2nd in the Superheat (only first gets in) I was ready to come home. Then I heard Kelly wasn’t coming, but Travis Logie was there as an alternate. I then heard Bobby Martinez might not make it either. I spent a lot of time hoping, wishing, thinking and looking at swell forecasts. After an emotional roller coaster of “he is coming, he isn’t coming” (much like she loves me, she loves me not, but worse), I had a chance to surf against Bede Durbridge. I lost, but had a lot of fun surfing uncrowded Supers and was happy to be in the event. Check out the rest of the action at www.billabongpro.com
Jordy Smith – Defending Champ and World No.2 finished 3rd
Jesse “did you just see my 10” Mendes
Heath Joske was ripping all contest, but lost to Julian Wilson in the quarter’s.
John Florence was in sizzling form and finished 2nd. It’s pretty safe to say he tamed Ballito.
Pat Gudauskas – the Mr Price Pro 2011 Champ.
Ballito was amazing! We had sick waves all event. Barrels, big walls. The surfing was a lot different to what we usually see on tour. Big drawn out carves instead of airs. It was a breath of fresh air to be honest. It was also really nice to have a Prime in my home country. I ended up ending 9th 🙂