Tahiti Result: 17 Previous Result: 3 ASP Rating: 9
I’m worried that Freddy P has lost his edge after reportedly having that kid with Bruce. Where’s the hatred? Patacchia is full of aloha lately, which is really incongruous coming from a Hawaiian professional surfer. For instance: Fred nearly landed on his opponent Josh Kerr in their heat after doing a flying kickout. But instead of chastising the haole for almost getting underneath him, Fred apologized, and then promptly lost a paddle battle with Kerr. I’d like to think Fred wants to make the Top 10, but it’s hard to back him when he’s writing things like this on
“What’s so bad about finishing in the mid twenties? That’s a solid accomplishment, but the industry doesn’t care and the ASP doesn’t care… Fucked up.” Perhaps a bit more bastard desire would have seen Fred through to the final against Bobby, repeating their rookie year. Instead nice-guy Fred squandered an opportunity to capitalize on his Australian success.
Tahiti Result: 9 Previous Result: 17 ASP Rating: =10
Everyone wants to be someone else. Fred P is a journalist, Ace Buchan writes children’s books, Kieren Perrow makes baby clothes, Andy Irons wants to be Bubbles from The Wire… and now Damien Hobgood wants to be a famous director. See
Tahiti Result: 3 Previous Result: 17 ASP Rating: 16
Loneliness is compelling. It’s a motivator. Jed Smith,
Tahiti Result: 9 Previous Result: 5 ASP Rating: =10
As the surfer’s rep, Kieren Perrow has surely been wallowing in a trough of fetid complaints following the implementation of the new single-elimination format. Many surfers, bitterly opposed to the change, have claimed that the ASP did not involve them in the decision making process. “None of the surfers were informed and if the surfer’s representatives knew, they didn’t pass it on,” Dayyan Neve told Stab. “It’s a breakdown in communication somewhere. Someone is to blame.” Well, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that many tour competitors probably see surfer’s rep Kieren Perrow as that “someone.” To make matters worse, Perrow was seeded into R2, which must have made the situation even more uncomfortable. Perhaps distracted by the orgy of indignation, Kieren barely beat Tim Reyes in his first heat (winning on a countback) and then got smoked by Taj in his next heat.
Tahiti Result: 17 Previous Result: 17 ASP Rating: =14
Another 12-bars of the Runner Up Blues for Bede. In Tahiti, Durbidge’s problem was his second seed, as much as anything else. It drew him Andy Irons. Durbidge countered AI’s barrels with some white boy Rice Krispie snap crackle pop. But he never found a pit to go with his 7.5 keeper. One of the lessons for Bede in the bitter pill that is 2009: Durbidge is far more dangerous as a darkhorse. This guy has the confidence to be a title contender, but perhaps putting pressure on himself is making things worse, not better. It kind of reminds me of Gary “Kong” Elkerton – another confident Aussie who tried to work and will his way to a world title. All it got him was runner-up finishes. And now he’s coaching Bede. Is Kong really the best guy to be giving advice on what it takes to win a World Title? “I tried this for 10 years, it never worked, so, um, maybe do the opposite.”