BOOST MOBILE PRO DAY FOUR

posted by / News / September 18, 2004

Surf: 4-5 foot, light wind, soft tides and good fun.
Events Held:Round Four.
Nature’s call:Let’s keep it moving, boys, locals need some waves too.
Predicted:Monday’s gonna rock it.So here’s a question for ya: should riding a wave with dolphins in it be worth a higher score? Judging from the deadpan scowl on the face of Taj Burrow – whose ASP career seems plagued by sea-life interventions – he thinks no. No way. But the judges think differently. They thought it was pretty: underdog Darren O’Rafferty cruising down the line with a pod of five or so dolphins riding the wave ahead of him; a couple decent turns for Raff, but it was the dolphins busting airs. Judges scored the wave 9′s across the board, sending TB packing with $5K and equal 9th. One title chaser down. Who’s next? That’s what it’s about here, right? With Andy out of the running (he’ll throw this 33rd away, but still, it’s his first weak result all year), this is a chance for guys like Slater, {{{CJ}}}, Parko, and, well, sorry Taj, not you, but the other guys for sure, to make up some much needed ground. So let’s get it on. Who’s next? Nice guy Pat O’Connell reportedly cooked his tour roomie Kelly Slater breakfast this morning. Slates returned the favor by cooking up a couple a 7′s and 8′s for Pat to chew on around lunchtime. In all fairness, both surfers churned out the heat of the day (despite some seemingly mediocre scores), hacking, spinning and lofting until the very end. “Kelly and I are close friends,” O’Connell said afterwards. “So heats between us are always emotional. But what can I say, that’s how it goes.” Slater – who came out of the gates like a raging bull early in the event – seemed more relaxed after the heat, spending twenty minutes chatting it up with tour groupie Dennis Hopper (to the delight of some 500 photographers. Enquirer, anyone?). Who else? Oh yeah, Parko. Parko, who started the morning by spanking Luke Hitchings in a “do-over” heat, changed some diapers, took the sprog for a stroll, then made short work of Peterson Rosa later in the day with a trixy array of spins, slides and hops that made one wonder what Rosa was even doing out there. But don’t be fooled. That’s just Parko making the insane look like an afterthought. And then there’s CJ. We don’t want to jinx the guy, but Ceej just seems to be in the zone right now. He’s calm, clear, quiet. He chats mildly on the beach, politely excuses himself for his heat, drops a couple of casual 8′s and returns to the conversation he was having. Like he’s just waiting for the final. Well, we are too. Now roll the credits. – Nathan MyersBoost Mobile Pro Round Three Re-Surf Heat (1st>Rnd4; 2nd=17th receives US$4,225)
H13: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.26 def. Luke Hitchings (AUS) 9.33

Round Four (1st>Quarterfinals; 2nd=9th receives US$5,000)
{{{H1}}}: Daniel Wills (AUS) 16.{{{57}}} def. Greg Emslie (ZAF) 12.6
{{{H2}}}: Cory Lopez (USA) 15.33 def. Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 12.4
{{{H3}}}: Darren O’Rafferty (AUS) 14.83 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.5
H4: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.67 def. Pat O’Connell (USA) 12.5
H5: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 15.0 def. Paulo Moura (BRA) 12.17
H6: Luke Egan (AUS) 15.6 def. Jake Paterson (AUS) 11.97
H7: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.73 def. Peterson Rosa (BRA) 11.96
H8: Nathan Hedge (AUS) 13.4 def. Taylor Knox (USA) 11.96
SQWUAK, EEERRK, BLEEEEEEP… we interrupt this contest report to bring you the Foster’s Expression Session, Jesse Billauer Life Rolls On, Snapple Best Damn Airshow, Quiksilver Surf Shop Challenge high-flying hootenanny blast-off spin-round ho-down hoopla Yeeeehaw!! [insert circus music here] Wow. It’s almost a relief to see a crowd out at Trestles again. Normalcy. Except, of course, for the ridiculously insane level of surfing soaring over photographers, Billauer attendants and fallen test-pilots. Bruce Irons launching over a Sunny Garcia hack. CJ sticking it to Superman. Jamie O’Brien punting a HUGE frontside air (best maneuver winner). Timmy Curran nailing a lofting 360 (airshow winner). And Jesse Billauer getting pushed in bombs on the outside, riding them all the way across (doing cutback with only head-steering) and wiping out, all alone, twenty yards from the rocks. But don’t worry, folks, turns out he floats just fine. Amidst all the indescribable superhero madness, it’s perhaps only worthwhile to note that the “best repertoire on a wave” award was split between Kalani Robb, Sunny Garcia, Taylor Knox and Jake Patterson, who all managed to snake each other, cut back around each other, hack up in between each other and somehow, amidst it all, avoid killing each other. With crowds at an all-time high these days, is sharing waves coming back? Is macho wave-hogging becoming a thing of the past? Well, maybe not quite yet. “I’ll be taking the biggest chunk of the money,” said Garcia by way of acceptance speech, “because I’m the biggest guy here.”

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