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April 16, 2007

TAJ, HITTING LIPS WHEN THERE AREN’T ANY …

Filed under: Damien Hobgood — wpssuperblog @ 8:59 am

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Well, as usual, Bells went close to the end of the waiting period with a lot of down time and waiting. I was one of the first heats of Round 2 since I didn’t win my first heat, and was getting up about 6am for a week before they decided to go down the coast and run us in a right that was similar to Bells but on sand. Bells was flat and down the coast, about a 2 hour drive, was 3-4′ feet.

This is what Johanna looks like in the hire-car’s Road Atlas. Sure, it’s remote, but it’s long had close ties with the pros - 37 years ago LA boy Rolf Aurness won the World Title here.

This is what Johanna looks like in the hire-car’s Road Atlas. Sure, it’s remote, but it’s long had close ties with the pros – 37 years ago LA boy Rolf Aurness won the World Title here.

The wave was pretty fun and they were able to get a few rounds out of the way and leave the final day for Bells, at least that’s what they were hoping. Bells is funny because it is a pretty hard place to call swell sometime the waves show up and sometimes they don’t.

They were calling for about 3′ waves on the final day but I didn’t think much was going to show up and thought we would be surfing small Winkipop which is just down from Bells. But to every ones’ surprise the final day was 4-5′ and good with not much wind and low tide through most of the day which helps out.

I wasn’t very confident out at Bells couldn’t find the magic board to work and was kind of jumping around on equipment which isn’t always good. Fortunately enough, the last day had some power in the waves and it didn’t matter too much. Everyone surfed really good that day and were happy to see Taj win.

I thought Taj’s big advantage was when the wave got fat and most people were doing cutbacks he is so fast and surfs so tight he was still hitting the lip were there really wasn’t one. I think that’s what separated Taj that day, but still, anyone could have won and I thought everyone was surfing real good.

Peace

Damo

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1 Comment »

  1. Congrats on the 5th at Bells!!! Definately an exceptable result. Good luck in Teahupoo!!! You’ll do great there.

    Comment by Cristen — April 17, 2007 @ 8:50 pm


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