Monday, November 17, 2008
The Weekend Off In Hawaii
Dane Gudauskas reports: "Over here waves been small, but fun super good rip days at otw and rockies. It's frothy"
All was quiet on the northern front this weekend, relatively speaking of course. After the fireworks of last Thursday and Friday, the North Shore went relatively flat for Saturday and Sunday. Some, like Jamie O'Brien and Jamie Sterling used the time to rest and recoup after a hard-fought few days at Pipe. Then there's the Triple Crown contingent, which even if the headline coming out of Haleiwa was about how Brett Simpson reveled in the "Trestles-like perfection," it's still the North Shore, and it's still a lot of work to surf and hold your position. Then there's the way poor Reef McIntosh spent his Sunday, holed up in a sports bar watching the sad San Diego Charges lose by one point in snowy Pittsburg. Reef's the guy that texts everybody when his team scores. He's kind of like the emotional leader of the Charger-faithful on Oahu, a "super-fan" if you will. So yeah, this season's kind of been torture for him. Luckily he got a couple good ones at Pipe the other day.
As of right now it looks like things pick back up again the second half of this week, which could make for an interesting finish at Haleiwa. There are a couple things in play here. First, the frontrunners for qualification, guys like Pat Gudauskas and Dustin Barca, for example. Then there's the long shots. Take Joel Centio for example. Sitting 45th on the 'QS ratings he's not more than 1,500 points out of 15th place, which is where you need to be to qualify. It's a long shot, but that's what's at stake coming down the home stretch here.
And when it comes to equipment, obviously the local boys (and girls) have more resources at their disposal, but we snagged this insight off of Bede Durbidge's blog: "I'm taking over 10 boards. With the five I left over there from last year, I'll have 15 in my quiver all up. The lengths range from 622 to 726 and the reality is you could surf your shortest board and longest one on the same day - the swell can rise that quickly, often within hours."
So there you go, now you're up to speed on what's happening in Hawaii. We'll keep you abreast of the situation as shit goes down.