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June 20, 2007

Chile Photo Show

Filed under: Luke Stedman — wpssuperblog @ 9:20 am

Sted’s Blog

Guys I’m in Chile and it is cold and beautiful. I have about two minutes on this computer so it’s going to be really quick. I think these photos will tell my story better than my rank typing. All I can say is the waves are powerful, the water freezing and there is not a good looking girl for a thousand miles.

The Andes is two hours from the ocean. You can surf then snowboard. That will give you an indication of how cold it is.

The Andes is two hours from the ocean. You can surf then snowboard. That will give you an indication of how cold it is.

Me and the Johnny Hoopers

Me and the Johnny Hoopers

This is Kai Otton enjoying a beautiful sunset.

This is Kai Otton enjoying a beautiful sunset.

June 18, 2007

SPORTS & RORTS

Filed under: Tom Whitaker — wpssuperblog @ 7:59 pm

Here we go again, Round Two of the blog match! I’m writing it a day after the dreaded Queenslanders just went two up and won the State Of Origin series (Rugby League). Oh well, that’s cool they can have that as long as my team The Roosters keep winning! Oh crap they’re on the bottom of the table as well.

Ummm, What other sports are happening? Tennis? Nah, Lleyton lost in France and second round at Queens. I know… Golf! If we don’t mention how Adam Scott crumbled in the last round in the St Jude we can all get excited that an Aussie might win another major!!!.

Wicked ,and lets not forget about our little mate Casey Stoner in the Moto GP, winning the world title race ahead of Rossi that’s like say, Fanning beating Kelly!! Wow, that’s happening as well!!!!!!! Pretty bangin’ times to be a sports NUT!!!!

Lleyton may be losing but he’s doing a bit better than England’s favourite laughing stock Tim Henman in this shot.

Lleyton may be losing but he’s doing a bit better than England’s favourite laughing stock Tim Henman in this shot.

So what has little Tommy Whits been up too after his trip in Indo? Lets see … It’s again time to talk about the really cool things about being a pro surfer. After returning from Indo I had four brand new Rod Dahlberg (sponsor plug) short boards to try out which over the last three weeks has been really fun. Put new sprays on them, stickered them up and am still trying to see which one goes the best!

I picked up Troy Brooks and Luke Munro from the airport and had breakfast with them (talked a whole lot of nothing). They were on their way to the Maldives event (hard gig)!!

I also had a game of golf with Mr Jarrod Howse in which he narrowly missed out on the wooden spoon by one stoke to our mate Bobby Spoon Yaldwin!!!!!!!! A huge congrats to Clouse-dog for his big efforts with two 2nds putting him 4th on the WQS and looking good to rejoin our travel team on the WCT!

There’s the little stories from my time off, but the big trip was a golf weekend away with eight of my good mates including ex-‘CT surfer Luke Hitcho. With the terrible weather hitting the East Coast our trip was shortened by a day but that just meant we had to go harder in what time we had! We played plenty of golf, sipped on plenty of drinks and ate plenty of great food!!! Does it get much better?

Hitcho, deep concentration in his flash red pants.

Hitcho, deep concentration in his flash red pants.

One quick story was a silly game we played under the influence of beers in which u had to stand in front of your clubs and the rest of the boys get to rip in and say what they think about your golf game!! It was pretty standard until I got up, first guy tore shreds off me, but not about golf it was all about how bad I surf heats and why I loose and how I should win,!! Ouch, it kind of hurt but hopefully u will see some better results come out of it!!! (That’s if I remember any of it, ha ha ha). Hangin’ out with Hitcho again was absolute gold, that guy is the funniest man and best bloke eva. To all those who have meet him; YES he still loves a beer; YES he still sleeps standing, sitting or dancing when he is drunk; and YES he still snores louder than ever (out of both ends!)

Back home I heard the waves were pumping while I was away, which always seems to happen!!!! (Cry me a river). But I wouldn’t have changed a thing. Too much work and not enough play makes little Whits a sore grape!!!! Hahahaha. Off to Chile in a few days and from all reports it’s been pumping and looks like it will continue for the event!! Looks like Rip Curl will score again.

This is “El Buey” in Arica, just down the beach from “El Gringo”. Doesn’t make any sense? Well, it’s close to the Casino anyway. Photo - Andrez Z

This is “El Buey” in Arica, just down the beach from “El Gringo”. Doesn’t make any sense? Well, it’s close to the Casino anyway. © Andrez Z

I’ll be sure to let u all know how the place and surf is over there. I heard we are staying next door to the casino. Look out Oceans 13.

Think of me when u are having a beer and I am dragging my two board bags through an airport because I’ll make sure I’ll think of u while standing in a nice tube!!(little bit mean, sorry)

Catch ya soon,

Whits.

FROM CABO TO (HOPEFULLY) MACHU PICCHU

Filed under: Damien Hobgood — wpssuperblog @ 7:42 pm

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Well, just been laying low. Went to Cabo San Lucas with the family to chill out and to get some photos for Globe. The waves were pretty small but still had a good time. Taylor Knox was down there also.

Small shot with Bill Johnson, creator of fine Teqoph surfboards. Pronounced “Take-off”, and is the Aramaic word for strength. Check the tail. Cool hey.

Small shot with Bill Johnson, creator of fine Teqoph surfboards. Pronounced “Take-off”, and is the Aramaic word for strength. Check the tail. Cool hey.

After that, went back to California for a few days, got a bunch of new Bill Johnson Teqoph surfboards then headed back to Florida where I’m typing this right now.

My mom is going to watch my daughter Savanna why Charlotte and I head to Chile which will be both of our first times going there so we are really looking forward to it.

Would be awesome to see Machu Picchu.

Would be awesome to see Machu Picchu.

Hopefully we will have time to go check out Machu Picchu in Peru because I heard it’s not too far from where we are in Chile. The wave at “El Gringo” in Chile seems really good so am really amping on getting down there and checking it out. I will let you know how it plays out and what the place is like very shortly.

Peace,

Damo.

June 4, 2007

THE RETURN OF RIK LOVE

Filed under: Luke Stedman — wpssuperblog @ 9:49 pm

Sted’s Blog
The boys on an Indo break, Ottz, Steds, Rik, DJ Teeth, Teebs, Ron, Snake

The boys on an Indo break, Ottz, Steds, Rik, DJ Teeth, Teebs, Ron, Snake

Today is the first day I have been able to get pen to pad, actually its finger to key. Anyway it’s been a bullshit few weeks. I was in Tahiti for the Billabong Pro at Teauhpoo. I got the best result I have had this year so, naturally, was frothing-out and I was probably testing some other people’s patience with my abnormal level of energy. Sorry guys, but it was worth it.

I snapped my fin out of one of my boards and I was freaking out as I did not have a back up in that size. Young Tommy was cool enough to let me use his shooter. It was kind of heavy as I don’t think Tom had ever surfed his board this good before. Hahahaha. Kidding around kids, I could only hope to surf as powerful as Tom.

Anyway I rode his board all the way to the 1/4s and was eventually beaten by Mick Fanning. I was really stoked to make the 1/4s at Teauhpoo and I’m much more confident now going into Chile.

As soon as the contest finished I flew directly home for a few hours to change boards and clothes and flew straight to Indo where I was doing a boat trip with Rik Love, Jake Patterson, Tom Whitaker, Jarred Howse, Taj Burrow, Nathan Smith and Ron Blakey. It was the first trip Rik has done since his injury to waves that are solid, powerful and a shape that can make dreams come true or turn them into nightmares.

It was so awesome to be on a boat with all my best friends. It’s been a long time since we were all able to surf together and for Rik I would think it has felt like a lifetime. Rik has been doing a lot of stand-up paddle boarding back home so he brought his along with him and you could see how good he was at it when he stroked into 4 foot peaks at Playgrounds and could throw his 9’0 around like it was on top of hot butter.

Nothing could really stoke me out more than this one session out at HT’s, when Rik pulled off a wave and hooted himself. I was like, ‘What has he done?’ The next wave I caught I spoke to Nathan who was shooting from the water about what Rik had done. Nate showed me the photo that he had just taken through his water housing and I was shocked. A full-on two-fins-out hard-core mother-fucking hack. It looked like Rik had never had a disabling injury and that he was still competing on the WCT. Speaking to Rik out the back he was so over the moon. It was like he had just done a full-rotation upside-down mctwist on a 10 foot wave: he was just so excited and I got chills in my skin and the water was 30 degrees.

That little experience made my trip as well as a few barrels of my own. I just had the best time ever and I’ll never forget it and I know that Rik won’t either. His life has just taken a turn for the best and I’m sure that there will be many more to come for him now.

Hope you like.
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