Happenings Around The 2014 Mr. Price Pro

posted by / ASP / July 8, 2014

CJ Hobgood, Damien Hobgood and Freddy P, the motliest crew.

CJ Hobgood, Damien Hobgood and Freddy P, the motliest crew.

Yadin Nicol is lonely, just not really.

Yadin Nicol is lonely, just not really.

Filipe Toledo surfed a near-perfect heat in the early rounds of the event. Any guesses as to how?

Filipe Toledo surfed a near-perfect heat in the early rounds of the event. Any guesses as to how?

Blonde is back. Luke Davis.

Blonde is back. Luke Davis.

Jack Freestone.

Jack Freestone.

Freddy P, thinking deeply about pizza.

Freddy P, thinking deeply about pizza.

If you’re gonna be fake-lonely, do it on a rock. Evan Geiselman.

If you’re gonna be fake-lonely, do it on a rock. Evan Geiselman.

Stephen Pierson.

Stephen Pierson.

Sometimes Marlon Lipke gets the bear. Other times, the bear gets Marlon Lipke.

Sometimes Marlon Lipke gets the bear. Other times, the bear gets Marlon Lipke.

Pat Guadaskas.

Pat Gudauskas.

New sponsor, same grin. Meet Reef’s newest team rider, Mitch Crews.

New sponsor, same grin. Meet Reef’s newest team rider, Mitch Crews.

The WQS is a grind. Just ask Granger Larsen and Sebastian Zietz.

The WQS is a grind. Just ask Granger Larsen and Sebastian Zietz.

Yellow fever shots are usually recommended before visiting Africa, but there is simply no evading World Cup fever.

Yellow fever shots are usually recommended before visiting Africa, but there is simply no evading World Cup fever.

The man, the myth, the Tiago Pires.

The man, the myth, the Tiago Pires.

Pat Gudauskas, left, and Yadin Nicol, right. Not exactly synchronized, but not exactly not.

Pat Gudauskas, left, and Yadin Nicol, right. Not exactly synchronized, but not exactly not.

Hard not to be a fan. Matt Wilkinson.

Hard not to be a fan. Matt Wilkinson.

CJ Hobgood and Aritz Aranburu.

CJ Hobgood and Aritz Aranburu.

And just like that, Timmy Reyes is back on the path to WCT qualification.

And just like that, Timmy Reyes is back on the path to WCT qualification.

Here comes runner-up Matt Wilkinson with the champagne.

Here comes runner-up Matt Wilkinson with the champagne.

Of bubbles and men.

Of bubbles and men.

Trophies. Babes. A big medal, a bigger check and even Joe Turpel. It was a great day to be Timmy Reyes.

Trophies. Babes. A big medal, a bigger check and even Joe Turpel. It was a great day to be Timmy Reyes.

All Photos: Trevor Moran

The vibe at the Mr. Price Pro is very similar to US open, just on smaller scale. Everyone is on vacation. The weather is warm. The sun is blazing. And of course, there are 15-year-olds running around in neon, dying for attention. The only difference is that the town is pretty quiet and it seems like people don’t go to nightclubs or black out and wake up in tattered clothing under the HB pier. It kind of ended up being Groundhog’s Day in terms of the surf — offshore in the morning, then the winds would kick up around 11am as the tide would bottom out. The afternoon sessions were a lot less crowded, with only a few surfers hunting the rare barrel or lucky air section. Everyone stayed in ocean front hotels just behind the comp scaffolding, so guys would just run down, surf their heat, hang for a coffee and split back to their room. It was a fun week.

The final day was like a ghost town – the temperature dropped like thirty degrees and it started raining. Most of the ‘CTers and video section specialists jetted down to J-Bay to catch a swell there. A decent beach crowd still turned up, but it was substantially less than the week prior. The final heat had some fireworkds, and no one was giving Timmy Reyes a snowball’s chance in hell of winning going into the quarters, semis and final. Sure enough, he came through. After it was over, the scaffolding quickly came down, the crowd scurried, and there was a super small after party at the nearest restaurant. The next morning, everyone drove to the airport with one eye open to catch their plane to J-Bay the next morning and Ballito was over with a hangover. —Trevor Moran

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  • MV

    “Trophies. Babes. A big medal, a bigger check and even Joe Turpel. It was a great day to be Timmy Reyes.”

    haha gold

  • Tabke

    Fuckn killer times to be a Prime surfer. Empty beaches, casual events, $40,000 for first. Wish I coulda been hanging out watching the football match with that crew.