Paige Hareb reflects on tricky conditions
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 22 May, 2014 - t's been a pretty hectic last few months! With three world tour events and three wqs events crammed together one after the other in Australasia then straight to Brazil, I'm surprised I'm not feeling a little more worn and weathered.
This year so far the pattern seems to be that the waves are pumping either just before or just after the event waiting period, I'm definitely not a fan of Murphey's law. Snapper rocks was some of the best waves I've seen there in a long time, it pumped from snapper to past Green Mount for three consecutive days after the event, those three days were still in the waiting time period so I'm not sure why someone didn't pipe up and put the contest on hold until then.
Next was Margaret River where Men and Women had a mixture of everything, in my opinion, unfortunately the women were unlucky with nature and didn't get the best waves for any of the event. The men tried and and held their nerve, with a few heats for the first time ever over at the barreling box.
Ring-a-ding-ding the famous Bells beach. Men and women had some good waves but with plenty of time they definitely did force the issue of sending us out in changing tides and tricky conditions. Coco Ho and I were in one of the 'unlucky' heats where we had to sit in between the two breaks of the bowl and Rincon.
I'm definitely not a fan of tricky conditions, but it's fair because it's the same for all surfers in the heat. It's just a bummer when fans want to see good waves and surfing and we can't provide that.
Sometimes I think some contest directors just get too anxious and want the event over and done with. Some surfers get too competitive and do the whole "yeah I'll surf that 2ft slop, I can surf it better than you" and ruin it for everyone, spectators included! Other surfers have had a few heats that day and get on a roll and have the mindset of "let's get this done and go home".
I probably should show you the photo that rookie Dimity Stoyle got the next few days after the slow mens final at Winkipop. I'll let you decide for yourself whether we should of waited or not.
Then there's Brazil, I think after years of going there, the surfers are finally accepting that we have to expect anything. I try to expect the worst there so I don't get disappointed haha but it's another contest for us and the local fans go crazy, they love it no matter what so it's pretty cool just to experience that. One contest like that is ok!
Next up, Fiji! Marking the halfway point of the Samsung Galaxy ASP Women's World Tour. It's a new event that I'm so surprised doesn't have a sponsor for the women. If I had money I would sponsor it because I think it's going to be one of the most exciting and most viewed events all year.
All the women are really excited to go, although with a few nerves and anxiety. With a waiting period solely for the Women, my fingers are crossed for perfect barreling waves. Include that with coconuts, fresh fruit, warm water and fun times, what more could you want? Bula Bula.