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February 17, 2009

QUALIFIED

Filed under: Marlon Lipke — Tags: , , , , , , , , — wpssuperblog @ 6:20 pm

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Just arrived on the Goldie for a run of swell last weekend. © Joli

Hello everybody!

First blog on worldprosurfers.com and I’m blogging as qualified! I still can’t believe it … I guess I will only properly realise I’m on the WT when I’m going to paddle out for my first heat at Snapper end of February. Can’t wait.

But first things first ’cause some of you might not know me. No, that’s not possible … just kidding. Well, everything came down to Hawaii really and what an emotionally draining trip that was!

Was sitting in 9th before Haleiwa. Then the incredible happened: all the guys right behind me got results, something which never really happened before. Boom, down to 14th place. That was quite a shocker for me and I was really down for a while.

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Sunset. Missed one last turn. © Joli

It was now all down to Sunset really, where I had to make two heats to better my points. The waves during the contest at Sunset were huge and I had a tough heat against Hank Gaskell, CJ Hobgood and Dayan Neve. I caught a couple of good waves and getting out of the water, I felt like I did myself proud, but it wasn’t enough.

I missed one last turn on my last wave and I didn’t get the score I needed. CJ Hobgood then went on to win the event but that was it for me really. Boom, down to 16th!

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Back in Portugal after finding out I’d made the cut.

Well, there was one slight chance. Because if Tiago would do well at Pipe he’d double qualify and a place would open up for me. Things were out of my hands though. And then came the SMS from Tiago when I was already back home in Portugal: “I’m injured, really sorry, I can’t surf …”

I thought, well, it is not meant to be, but at least I’m the first replacement and I’ll probably surf some events during the year. And then the call from my brother while I was out for a few drinks: “Marlon, you’re in, they just announced it on the webcast during Pipe!” I couldn’t believe it …

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Could see the ocean from my bed.

Since then I’ve been hanging in Ericeira, Portugal. I got myself an apartment up here to train with Tiago and to work closely with my shaper Nick from Semente to get my quiver ready. Check out the pad I rented. It’s sick (in the photo you only see the pool house!).

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Sick waves at a little beachie not far from where I’ve been training.

Spent some time shooting photos with Carl from Transworld Surf who was down here in Ericeira with Damien “Dom” Wills from Australia. What a crazy guy. Loves to charge. Gony was there for a day as well. I also got a little filming done for a documentary which will air on Fuel TV in the US and in Europe at the end of Feb. Watch this space.

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Meanwhile, back in the cobblestones of the Algarve …

Oh, forgot to tell you about a little incident down in Lagos where I live. After a fun night out with my brother and a couple of friends, some idiot looking for trouble punched me in my face and pretty much floored me … Had to get five stitches in the back of my head and was out of the water for over a week with a slight concussion.

Talk soon!

– Marlon

October 28, 2008

NEW BLOG, NEW JOB, NEW HOUSE (ALMOST)

Filed under: Jake Paterson — Tags: , , , , , — wpssuperblog @ 10:26 pm

The new Snake digs under construction at Canggu. Check the photo at the bottom of the blog to see what it’ll look like when it’s done.

Well, it’s been a while. So much has happened in the last couple of
months so I will give a quick recap …

Firstly, I have a new job at Quiksilver Indonesia working in sports
marketing!!! Yeah, I have an office and a desk and stuff, haha, pretty heavy after having the ocean as my office for about 20 years!!! I’m stoked to be working in the industry that I know and love.

I’m still doing some work at the Quiksilver events: I was in France for the Quiksilver Pro where we saw Ace Buchan have his maiden win and holding off Kelly in the final.

The Champ, in Bali a couple of months back. ©Shield

Stoked for Ace, but it would have been great for Quiksilver for Kelly to win and be crowned the 2008 World Champ at that event. He didn’t have to wait long as he won it the next week in Mundaka. What a freak — nine World Titles!!! I’m sure he will have a shot at winning two fists full.

After France, I was back in Bali for a couple of weeks then I was off to Portugal to coach the Australian team at the ISA World Games. It was one of the best events I have been part of – the camaraderie is unbelievable and just to be a part of the whole thing was an honour. Australia smashed the field winning by over 3000 points so our team made me look pretty good as coach! Haha.

I’m back in Bali now and look forward to getting some good waves and finishing the house we are building up here in Canggu.

This is how it’s going to look when it’s all done.

Yes, I have been in the office the last few days catching up on everything but hopefully next week I will get some time to get in the water, swell looks good all week.

Until next blog,

Take it easy,

Jake the Snake

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