Thud wrote: ↑
Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:59 pm
Oh fk it. Just tell us what you thought of the waves and the comp would ya.
OK! It's not over yet so there's that.
I reckon there is an enormous amount of uncertainty among the pros right now. They do not know what the future has in store. The WSL's plans are somewhat of a mystery to them. They are kinda "OK whatever" but it affects their levels of commitment, whether they are fully aware of it or not. The older guys, the guys in Mick's freight train, are just not fully engaged right now and are surfing up and down heats. The world champ, JJF, has gone to sleep as a competitor and may well take a while to fully wake up; he is not gonna do it on anyone else's time and if he thinks West Oz is gonna wake him up, I suspect he will be sadly mistaken -- lightning doesn't strike in the same place twice. Since many of the younger pros take their cue from the world champ, they too are sorta vagueing out. The non vague ones include Michel, Ace (gone now), Italo (fcuken ripping), and Gabriel (doesn't give a shit).
Gabriel believes he should be world champ again and I would put some money on it if I were you.
Meanwhile the Mick Narrative charges on apace, for many of the surfers he is now the world champ emeritus and they sense he is the real story of the event. I talked with O who is his next opponent, I might save that conversation for elsewhere but while I reckon O can easily account for Mick, I am not sure if he can bring himself to do it. The power of a storyline can be devastating especially if you believe it.
The chicks are blowing up, they are to a chick total fans of the WSL because it has afforded them a fair go, hurray! Watch there semi with Steph and Caroline Marks, see if a 16 year old Floridian can expose the best surfer in the world with her emotional frailty under heat pressure or if Snake really is this event's super coach.
I surfed Bells this arvo, swell was definitely rising, I would say tomorrow will be very good.