NEWS POSTED: 06/03/2011 LOCATION POSTED: Snapper Rocks, Australia
The Snapper Sanctum
Views From The Tent
THE HALL OF JUSTICE: Tell ya what, it was just like the Hall of Justice down in the big top today. Check the super friends: Heitor the Human Torch; Cory - Green Lantern; Kerrzy - Plasticman; Bobby - Mysterioso; Damien - Aquaman; Taylor - Captain America. One hero missing was Jordy, who at this exact moment was fighting crime around the corner at D'bah. According to Jordy: "This windsurfer came straight at me and smashed into my head, if it had been his fin that had connected, it would have been over, my career, everything. Chad (Du Toit) almost came to blows with the ou."
THE TRACKING DEVICE: Electrochips are strapped to the gaps between shoulder blades, recording speeds and distances travelled during heats. At the close of play today, Tom from VX Sports was waiting enthusiastically to have the stats logged from a wave Kelly caught during the expression session that saw him end up down at Greenmount. It'll be something like 500m, double that of the previous longest.
THE OPEN DOOR POLICY: The MSF Expression Session was held in a Shakespearean tempest of backwash, producing lips like concrete trucks, dumping load of dirty rubble on almost everyone. While Kelly and Mick had a yo-yoing battle for tube supremacy behind the rocks, it was Josh Kerr who got the wildest crowd reaction when he flew out of this open door and straight into a turn that had every single one of these fans throwing both their arms' up in disbelief.
THE COMPETITORS AREA: Once upon a time in the not too distant past, your heroes had to stretch and prep for their heats in a room full of hyperventilating groupies and a scrum of media. Not anymore, thanks to the WPS and Woody and the Security crew keeping the space clear, the boys get to hang with their ladies and friends and have never looked so at ease.
THE OBSERVERS: Whether inside the tent or out in the sun, there's nil better than hanging out with your mates, especially in colour-coded banana lounges with beer holders, getting battered by a huge tide and a bevvy of French backpackers frolicking in Brazilian bikinis.
THE MUNIFICENCE: At each event, you'll see surfers donate boards for charities that affect them, with a notice to get the rest of the crew to sign them. The boards then go to auction and hopefully make a motza. We'll keep you posted on as much of these as possible so you can (a) make a donation, (b) support a great cause, and (c) also have the very real possibility of one of these finely-tuned fibreglass rockets firing off between your legs at your local beachbreak.