All photos: Corey Wilson
South Australia's Dion Atkinson is a name you've seen in surfing’s minor league for years now. In 2014, however, he’ll be called up to swing with the big boys.
Fred Patacchia has been on fire this year, hasn’t he? The Reef Hawaiian Pro was no exception. He fell short to the Spartan by less than a point.
Looks like somebody’s got his eye on the crown. Michel Bourez dropped a 9.13 in his first heat at the Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa, but then the Pacific started taking its name a bit too seriously. A week-long flat spell ensued, icing the fiery Spartan. That spell was shattered when competition finally resumed on Saturday. But could Michel build on that week-old momentum?
The contest wrapped up on Sunday in overhead bowls that were nothing but a good time. Michel met Freddy Patacchia, Jeremy Florez and Dion Atkinson in the final and he conquered like a bunch of chumps from Athens. Nonetheless, Dion Atkinson snagged a spot on the 2014 WCT. Freddy P. is the best bet for a Hawaiian winning the Triple Crown. And Jeremy Florez reportedly got a great hug from Sunny Garcia. Still, Michel is king for the day.
“Coming here, I felt great. I’ve been training for the past month, and just to come here solid, I feel like yeah, I deserve it,” Michel said after the event. And now his brown Tahitian eyes are staring the Triple Crown directly in the crest. —Brendan Buckley