Garth is a solid person which enables him to withstand the shockwaves that usually blast people off their boards and Mike, on the other hand, can reduce and gain speed better than anyone which is a great asset especially at Teahupo’o.
With Garth coming second and Mike coming third it was great to see the older guys on tour give the groms a run for their money. Alex: Yeah.
Having Teahupo’o along with Pipeline and Fronton, which are regarded as the three heaviest waves on the planet, gives bodyboarding great credit.
Competing in waves like Teahupo’o (especially on day two) demonstrates that bodyboarding is one of the greatest extreme sports in the world that is extremely exciting to watch in waves of consequence.
It was a pleasure to watch these two guys going for it and dominating at a seasoned age too – Garth is thirty eight and Mike is fifty three. Unbelievable.
Their semi final match up was incredible, going blow for blow with tube rides, but Garth’s last wave was too good and catapulted him to the win.
Garth: Well, for bodyboarding to look good we definitely need Teahupo’o on the tour.
Lots of underground riders killed it in the contest, guys like Paul Blaz, Patrick Orr and the local Tahiti boys.
Alex: Having Teahupo’o on the world tour is a game changer for our sport.
Now that we have it back on the tour I think it is in everyone’s interest, especially the “industry” and the riders, to do whatever it takes to keep Teahupo’o on the world tour.
We were blessed with good weather this year in Tahiti and a great range of swell sizes varying from the inside ledge to the outside ledge on Day 2 when we witnessed some 10 to 12 footers break.
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