2013 Rip Curl Pro Puerto Rico

posted by / Photos / February 14, 2013

Photos: Jimmicane
Words: Brendan Buckley

Puerto Rican vibrance. Wesley Toth.

Puerto Rican vibrance. Welsey Toth.

Dillon Perillo, free tail.

Dillon Perillo, free tail.

Dillon Perillo, free beer.

Dillon Perillo, free beer.

The rock at Jobos takes more abuse than the American pharmaceutical system. Dylan Graves.

The rock at Jobos takes more abuse than the American pharmaceutical system. Dylan Graves.

It won't be a clip anymore but will still get the score. Cody Thompson, 180 ally oop.

It won't be a clip anymore but will still get the score. Cody Thompson, 180 ally oop.

Dylan Goodale emulates the rock behind him.

Dylan Goodale emulates the rock behind him.

Fans of the sport.

Fans of the sport.

Evan Geiselman with an earful of reggaeton.

Evan Geiselman with an earful of reggaeton.

When shit hits the fan, Andrew Doheny just grabs his rail and bunkers down with a hack.

When shit hits the fan, Andrew Doheny just grabs his rail and bunkers down with a hack.

Corey Lopez floats under the watchful eye of a lifeguard.

Corey Lopez floats under the watchful eye of a lifeguard.

The spectators were a spectacle.

The spectators were a spectacle.

The sets were still a bit too big.

The sets were still a bit too big.

Evan Geiselman.

Evan Geiselman.

Brian Toth, a fan favored slob.

Brian Toth, a fan favored slob.

Do you do the dew? Droid does before his 4th heat of the day.

Do you do the dew? Droid does before his 4th heat of the day.

The finalists.

The finalists.

Dylan lays back before getting carried up.

Dylan lays back before getting carried up.

Droid's carving reverse was the turn of the event.

Droid's carving reverse was the turn of the event.

Evan Geiselman.

Evan Geiselman.

Cody high-fives a lip for a high four to win.

Cody high-fives a lip for a high four to win.

Chad Oakley gives Cody the first of 932 handshakes.

Chad Oakley gives Cody the first of 932 handshakes.

Dylan Graves, the other winner.

Dylan Graves, the other winner.

Andrew Doheny switches to something fermented to celebrate his first QS final.

Andrew Doheny switches to something fermented to celebrate his first QS final..

A trophy is a good consolation prize for thumbing a sea urchin. Evan Geiselman.

A trophy is a good consolation prize for thumbing a sea urchin. Evan Geiselman.

Dylan Graves didn't lose anything.

Dylan Graves didn't lose anything.

Ricky Whitlock and Dege O'Connell with a lot of work ahead of them.

Ricky Whitlock and Dege O'Connell with a lot of work ahead of them.

Jacksonville elation.

Jacksonville elation.

Could be time to rethink your stance on paddleball.

Could be time to rethink your stance on paddleball.

A toast to Puerto Rico. Dylan Graves sponsors dinner for a 20-top at One Ten Thai.

A toast to Puerto Rico. Dylan Graves sponsors dinner for a 20-top at One Ten Thai.


 

Gnawing on the golden heels of the 2010 WCT event at Middles, the 4-Star 2013 Rip Curl Pro Puerto Rico was held two miles down the road at Jobos Beach. In terms of a venue, Jobos is Madison Square Garden with palm trees. As one of the island’s most consistent waves, a right wedges off a pretty rock and bends into a semi-protected cove. On the hind side of the right, a left produces a ramp for daredevil goofy-footers. The soft sand beach holds enough grains for thousands of people to bake in the sun. A cherry on top, the coast is lined with little bars. That didn’t matter much though — there was a mountain range of free Coors Light cases and every peak was blue.

The blue peaks in the water were extreme. Extreme, not in the sense of getting a skull tattooed on your forearm or attempting a backflip on a dirt bike, but in the sense of extremely small and extremely large. The first two days saw sluggish waist high bowls whittle away the tone-deaf surfers who couldn’t find a rhythm in the sea. On day three, the remaining competitors were taught a lesson in being careful with what you wish for. Ten-foot walls of fury smashed into that pretty rock and stampeded through the cove. Many boards’ young and promising lives were cut short that day, often times just from duckdiving. The whittling continued.

But the porridge was almost just right for the final day. There were still some white-water stampedes, but the best nooks of the event were on offer between them. The top 32 competitors knifed those nooks with vehement rail turns and the occasional punt, possibly avenging broken boards of the past. The beach was packed with passion. Puerto Rican flags, drums, whistles and howls. I once observed an eruption of applause aimed at Brian Toth simply for paddling. The salt to Brian’s pepper, Dylan Graves smashed a path all the way to the final with Evan Geiselman, Cody Thompson and Andrew Doheny.

Performing in front of thousands of drunken people is no petty task and we saw a nervous final with an empty driver seat. Not one competitor was in need of more than a 5 to ink the deal in the closing minutes. Cody Thompson, sitting wide and proud, found that 5 by penning a couple turns on an open wall. As his Floridian brothers chaired him up the beach, the applause did not cease. Instead of pouting, smashing bottles or rioting, the local crowd hoisted Dylan up and cheered with more excitement than ever. They soaked him in beer and hugged him till he felt sore. Everyone smiled and danced into the sunset. It spun into a wild night of rum, gambling and reggaeton, and eventually everyone left feeling as if they had just won the 2013 Rip Curl Pro Puerto Rico.

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5 Responses to “2013 Rip Curl Pro Puerto Rico”

  1. William says:

    Great contest and photos. but those captioins are pathetic, who writes that junk?

  2. Samantha Williams says:

    So basically you stood on the beach for 4 days and drank beer with a few clicks on your camera to pull off a recap ?

    No wonder Surfing magazine pays you peanuts, a monkey could do your job.

  3. Jimmicane says:

    I get paid in lifestyle Samantha. And I’m kinda ballin. Shot some other shit too though. You’ll see it in the mag soon.

  4. BoneFish says:

    Kinda ballin huh Jimmy??????

  5. Rafael Buxeda says:

    I was also there. Jimmicane might well have been next to me, at the press deck. I only wish my pictures were half as good as Jimmi’s. Excellent work! It always seems to be, that everyone could have done better. Yet, they still have to prove it.

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