THE MOTOR-SURFER

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Documenting life during the first attempt at restoring a vintage motorcycle.

Similar to the zen -like feeling that is realized through surfing,
motorcycle repair can elevate the mind to a meditative state that eludes time and space...
Meaning I obsess over it, get frustrated, yell, laugh at myself and overall waste a lot of time.

Friday

Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico _ STARTS TOMORROW!!!




The world's best surfers have gathered in the Caribbean paradise of Puerto Rico for a 2nd to last contest of the World Championship Tour. With Kelly Slater on the brink of athletic and surfing history, the tension, excitement and anticipation is high (... so is my anxiety).

“The pundits are correct (it’s absolutely mine to lose at this point),” Slater said. “I’m in as good a position as I could hope for coming out of Portugal with Jordy (Smith) finishing well there. I’m pretty comfortable, but I know Jordy has been consistent all year and could win another event. I just have to do my thing on the other side of the draw, and I’m still looking to win events if I’m in them. I’m excited for Puerto Rico. It used to be a second home. We’ll see how familiar it feels.”


However, what Slater didn't mention is that Jordy Smith (the biggest threat to his 10th World Title) rolled his ankle, playing dodge-ball of all things, just last week. Meaning as long Kelly doesn't somehow forget how to surf in the next few days, the title is imminent. For Slater to clinch the ASP Crown at this contest (and not have to wait until the final showdown at Hawaii's Pipeline), the following scenarios (courtesy of Rip Curl) must occur:
  • If Slater finishes Equal 3rd or better, he clinches the 2010 ASP World Title.
  • If Slater finishes Equal 5th or Equal 9th, Smith must win the event to send the ASP World Title Race to Hawaii.

  • If Slater finishes Equal 13th or Equal 25th, Smith must finish Equal 3rd or better to send the ASP World Title Race to Hawaii.
  • Essentially, if Smith fails to finish higher than Equal 5th, Slater claims the 2010 ASP World Title.
The Round-1 heats have been selected and with the new ASP contest format (eliminating the bottom 13 surfers), every heat promises to hold some excitement and probably the most progressive surfing ever seen in a contest.


RIP CURL PRO SEARCH PUERTO RICO MEN'S ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: Adrian Buchan (AUS), Kieren Perrow (AUS), Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 2: Dane Reynolds (USA), Taylor Knox (USA), Roy Powers (HAW)
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS), Tiago Pires (PRT), Luke Munro (AUS)
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS), Patrick Gudauskas (USA), Gabe Kling (USA)
Heat 5: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Brett Simpson (USA), TBA
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA), Daniel Ross (AUS), TBA
Heat 7: Bede Durbidge (AUS), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 8: Owen Wright (AUS), Andy Irons (HAW), Luke Stedman (AUS)
Heat 9: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Bobby Martinez (USA), Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 10: Damien Hobgood (USA), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 11: C.J. Hobgood (USA), Jadson Andre (BRA), Tom Whitaker (AUS)
Heat 12: Michel Bourez (PYF), Chris Davidson (AUS), Adam Melling (AUS)


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