I know it wasn’t ideal, but they had to run today. You need four days of competition for a WT event and four days is a lot when you’re talking about the East Coast. Thankfully, Hurricane Katia is blessing us with an almost-too-good-to-be-true forecast for waves that should have this thing wrapped up by Friday.
Still, today was far from epic, especially for #teamgivinithell. Gabe, Asher, Balaram and Cory got pitted into Round 2, one after the other. I decided I was not even going to talk to my friends anymore because everyone I talked to would seem to lose. Sure enough, I avoided CJ and he put on one of the performances of the day. Coach Jimmikanga was in a deep valley of despair today.
Waves are on the rise, Bal surfs against Fanning at 7 a.m. sharp Wednesday with Asher following against Owen in Heat 2. Look for #teamgivinithell to bounce back strong and hold it down for the Right Coast. —Jimmicane
Balaram Stack stalks the halls en route to his Round 1 heat against Kelly Slater. He didn't beat Kelly. If he had, this blog post would have opened with that.
Good from far, but far from good. If you squint it looks like it's firing — but if you squint, a one-dollar bill looks like a Benjamin too.
Gabe Kling and Balaram, not exactly psyching — but put an East Coaster in a disturbed bathtub and he'll find a way to rip in it. They're bred for this mess.
Like so many wildcards before him, Bal prepares to do valiant battle with (and lose badly to) Robert Ke11y Slater.
Hurley has the raddest team manager guys: Joel Centeio, Asher Nolan, Brandon Guilmette — all of whom could probably still compete on tour. And oh look, Asher's doing just that. He powered into the Quik Pro by way of the unsOund Trials.
Adriano de Souza flew for an 8.7 in his Round 1 heat. He's been winning in little beachbreak waves since well before we all knew his name.
Julian Wilson netted a 17.00 to jump straight to Round 3. This would be a major coup for Julian, winning at this populist venue in front of a global audience. He might finally exhale.
Get up and at ‘em tomorrow to watch live as the Quiksilver Pro New York continues into Round 2. The hurricane swell is on its way and could make things very interesting, very soon.