Well official procedings kicked of today with all the open mens competitors and OC1 getting their first rides done. You were allowed 1 practice ride and then 4 competition rides. The highest two rides are scored. For many competitors their training ride was their 5th ever time on bussy (for 5-paddlers it was their first ever time!). For most of the North-Americans however, it became what a halfpipe is to skiiers, a huge bowl and ramp with the ability to launch massive air. The punishment for failing however was the beating of your life. All the aussie paddlers put up a good showing but Anthony yap however taking the day throwing a MASSIVE kay-y and panam's left and right to put him in the top 5 with 132.67 The winning ride however was that of Nick Troutman with a huge 185.00
Lachie waiting in the eddy for his first ride.... Sean Boz getting the critical right blunt on a green bussy anthony yap doing somthing big and cool..... (he is pretty much arial & inverted in every photo!) Lachie Looking into the bussy bowl Pulling the best shuv-it you have EVER seen...lol
Team Entropy Gear, Jon Best...small pan-am (all moves must be landed totally flat) Kelsey Thompson...pam-srew (if you land on your edge...you die)
Bus eater is in...and its HUGE! The air up for grabs is crazy. with 3ft available just from falling of the crest of the wave...and the beat-down...oh the beat-down! Its really quite hard to use and for most of the competitors it is the first time they have surfed the wave. This provided for some quite entertaining training runs with all competitors getting 3 or 4 rides before competition tomorrow. That meant that with no idea of where the sweet spot on the wave is, you would fly down the face, pop the biggest move possible and hope you landed near the wave! many people simply landing back near the tow-line or in my case, in the pit...before being swollowed by the seam between mini and big bus.
I made it up at 5am today to get a morning surf in on an extremely low leval bussy (big hole!). Arriving in the eddy there were over 20boaters there to meet me. I missed the rope once and through maybe 4-moves before being swollowed by a angry bussy surge on my second ride...ouch. It was now 7:45 and official training started @ 8. There were now over 35boaters in the eddy....and 20 on the bank waiting for their training slot!!!
Unknown Anthony Yap Liam is a rubbish boater......