March 20, 2009


Filed under: Fredrick Patacchia — wpssuperblog @ 7:14 pm


LT. I got him the day before I left for Snapper.

I never in my life thought I’d buy a small dog, especially a fluffy one that wears bows in her hair and goes to the groomer every two to three weeks. I always saw myself with Pit Bulls, Labs or Rottweilers. I don’t have much of a yard or space in the house for a big dog, so I went looking for little guys. Here’s who Melissa and I decided to adopt.

My oldest is TSUKI. She is a 10-month-old Lhasa Apso. I bought her in June 2008. Her younger brother is Tank (aka Little Tank or LT). He is a three-month-old French Bulldog. They are arguably the most awesome dogs in the world.



One of my best friends, Joel Centeio, just married his longtime girlfriend Ashley. He’s the 2nd in our group of friends to get to get married, and surely not the last. It was an awesome afternoon full of vows, cake, local food, friends and family.


Some pre-game Bud Lights before the big show. Those weren’t the first and surely not the last.


The wedding party. “Another one bites the dust.”


Freddy P


March 18, 2009


Filed under: Damien Hobgood — Tags: , , , , — wpssuperblog @ 5:46 pm


MAGIC, she buckled under my feet when back wave blasted me in the tube, going to miss her. ©

Headed to Brisbane to speak at a church tonight (wonder if anyone will be able to understand me?);
… then leaving for Sydney in the morning to be tourist with the family;
… then off to Tazzy to do the WQS which I am excited about, have never been there and will be staying a few days after the comp to check other spots out;
… then will fly to Melbourne and post up at Torquay for the Bells comp.



March 17, 2009


Filed under: Mick Fanning — Tags: , , , , — wpssuperblog @ 6:00 pm


Having a ball with the groms at D-Bah a couple of weeks back for the WPS Surf With The Stars day. © Shield

Well, first event is down and it was a real test this year; not just simply surfing Snapper – we started at D’bah, then Snapper, then ended up at big groyne Kirra.

I love the first event ’cause everyone is so hungry. Everything was running really smoothly until Parko beat me in the semi. It was a really cool heat though he had me comboed; then I came back, comboed him; then he came back again with a ten and a high nine.


The Kirra eagle watching over the contest. © Joli

It had been a long time since Joel has had a win so I was stoked for him. On other things, my new website should be up any day now. It looks really cool so I hope people like it.

Now I’m on my way to Ayers Rock for my first anniversary with Karissa. Pretty excited. It was classic too ’cause we saw Anthony Mundine in Alice Springs. He was on a youth program trip.


Will be great to see the Occ in Indo. © Joli

After this, I am off to Indo for ASL’s 250th issue trip with Occy, Bede, Steph, and Ozzie. Should be classic. Anyway got to go ’cause plane is boarding for the big rock.



March 14, 2009


Filed under: Kelly Slater — Tags: , , , , — wpssuperblog @ 8:49 am

Kelly Slater Photo

Trekked through some wild seas to get there. © Shield

‘The Cape’ had the best banks ever but too small so we towed in to one footers then bodysurfed for about 200-300 yds on some after diving off the boards. Crazy.

Benji Wetherley broke his nose when his board hit him at the end of the session as we were both riding one. Trevor Hendy (6’3″) rode my 5’4″ on a few and loved it. Jimmy O’Keefe, Tom Servais, Shieldsy, and our friend Jacko joined us and most everyone got a few waves.


Bodysurfing the sandbar earlier with Benji. © Shield

It was a hell ride upwind on skis to get there made all the worse when we arrived to small surf but we made the most of it, and the erosion on the coastline ride up revealed some pretty crazy earth below that we don’t normally see. Colors I didn’t know existed in sand, from pinks to blacks to reds to oranges and yellow and everything in between. I hit the shore and collected some for keepsakes.


Benji with a pound of ice on his nose at the pub. © Shield

Watched the Coldplay gig in Brisbane last week, which was an amazing production. Chris Martin headed down one day to see the event but it had been cancelled for the day just shortly before. He spent time watching the free-surfing instead and we couldn’t talk him into joining us and our best three hundred friends at the Superbank running into Greenmount.


Snapper. © Joli

I didn’t quite have the success I was looking for in the event obviously, but it was a first for me and quite enjoyable riding my own shaped equipment. Maybe it was a good thing I lost early and it’ll throw ’em off the scent for a while should I have some success with it in the future.

Everyone seems to have their opinions about my choices but that’s just fine. They’ve gotten me here and I think that’s ok for now. If you’re not a genius I guess you’re a fool. I’ll tell you what, I almost couldn’t steal my board back off of Tom Carroll the other day. Might need a safe to put ’em in shortly if he’s around much.

Don’t want that back foot stomping my tails down before I can lay a few turns on rail without getting it out of the ding shop first. Small man, heavy foot. Just watch him drive. I’m off back to CA now. Back to the drawing board and having some fun.

Bye for now.


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