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|Owen Wright, seeing Kelly Slater in 10D.|
Amongst the surf brands there is a technical one-upmanship being played out at the World Tour events and this year, Rip Curl showed their Portugese hand at the pre-contest press conference. It was announced that, from the Quarterfinals, they would be broadcasting the contest live in 3D on cable TV around the world.
|At times the action was so exciting the fans simply couldn't contain themselves.|
We were only in Round 3 today and they were testing out the huge 3D cameras from the cliffs of the back-up site at Belgas.
They started test recording during Owen Wright's heat, and you probably couldn't have scripted it better. Wright had creased his board during a previous ride and after signaling madly to his dad Rob for a back-up he caught a small righthander. Maybe it was the lack of pressure, or his mindset that the board was already creased, but as he hit the inside section a tempting ramp appeared in front of him. The kid only knows one way when such an opportunity presents itself, and that is to punt. And punt he did. A huge no-hands backside 360 reverse. The result was a perfect 10-point ride. From Rip Curls perspective they're over the moon. The 3D cameras were rolling for the first time and they had recorded their team rider scoring a perfect 10! I don't think they even believed it themselves. The technicians doing the entire web casting and filming were all buzzing. They even dragged Wright into the webcast truck, stuck a pair of 3D glasses on his head and played and replayed the move.Read More »