The Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach starts tomorrow. Finally. Unfortunately the waves aren't going to be... well actually several somewhat reliable surf forecasting sites all say different things, so I guess we'll just have to wait and see. However the trailer looks pretty rad and the competitor profiles (on the official website) are pretty funny. Check out Dane Reynolds' mug shot and stats (Hobbies: Drinking more beer). It should be a slightly entertaining event. He eats mediocre, choppy, windy and generally sloppy surf for breakfast. It's what he was raised on. That and "flawless" Rincon, but who's counting? Watching Dane eat breakfast is not the only thing I'm looking forward to this year... thats' right, it will be the contest within the contest... The 1986 rematch of The Greatest Heat Of All Time (arguably), between Occy and Tom Curren!
"The Clash of the Icons" will see these Titans face to face again. Which retired style master of yesteryear will it be? The goofy-foot or regular? I can't decide. They are both so amazing to watch, especially against each other (see here for the original 1986 battle *caution neon*). So if the comp is on and I figure out the time difference, I'll be working on the bike a little while it all goes down. Finally the themes of this blog have come together, thanks to the hard work of the fine gents at Rip Curl and the magic of live streaming video! Good on ya' technology.
"Proclaimed by many as the greatest free-surfing talent to date, [Dane] Reynold's groomed style brought on by the grip of flawless pointbreaks surrounding his nearby home of Ventura have helped mesh his patented aerials with timeless carves to make him one of the most technically well rounded surfers on the ASP World Tour."