In a slow heat she went for the statement turn the women’s event has been missing, a blowtail reverse, missed it, then sat there waiting all heat for a five.
It seems several lifetimes ago now, because ever since the oceans of the world have stirred collectively in response; Cloudbreak as big as its been, Barrinha the new Snapper Rocks, and now the Tour’s long overdue return to Bali has been on step-repeat all week.
I don’t know whether Jordy went to sleep last night marinating toxically in the Gabby episode from yesterday, but the war room in Jordy’s camp need to find a way to piss him off at every event between now and the end of the year.
It’s the local Eddie, a one-day big wave contest held in honour of Shaun Brooks, Troy’s older brother, a former tour surfer himself and a fearless big-wave guy.
Freesurfing at Pipe last December on eight foot days, he’d get barrelled out the back, but then juice the inside section with a shuvit, a couple of legitimate switchfoot turns, before jumping off on the sand, grabbing his board, then paddling back out and repeating that for four hours.
He’s an intimidating figure – kinda looks like Jay Davies fell three stories and landed on his feet, kinda looks like he’d rip the arms off anyone who stepped inside a cage with him – and he threw all his heft at the first wave of the heat.
Did Ramon Navarro just surf the biggest wave ever ridden at Cloudbreak? Hey, remember the ocean?
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