I caught a few heats here and there,i mostly look forward to sunset and pipe.its always cool seeing the wqs guys who normally surf some crappy 3 ft beachbreak thrown out into life threatening conditions.sunset is my favorite spot on the northshore.it was great seeing sunny steal the heat towards the end.i saw that 1st wave and thought yea,one more and he got it.3 minutes later snagged another.
also while haliewa was goin down,kirk something drowned at the same spot chesser went down in the late 90s.pretty crazy got the whole thing on tape,reminds me of mark foo.guy obviously had the experience and balls to charge it,and he paddled out with damo and the gadauskus bros.pretty tragic but he died doin what he loved,just fell wrong.pretty cool to see damo out there chargin,he was out during the Fiji day and ocean beach while the mavs contest was going down so it looks like hes startin to get into bigwaves which is awesome.anyway I wouldn't blame kirks death on not having floaties,just an old case of shyt happens.he didn't have his own safety guy so when he went down they didn't really notice til after the 10th wave rolled over him.surfings dangerous
As a beginner/learner I love watching live events / unedited recordings of live events because I feel like you learn a lot more about wave sense from them; i.e. you get to see what waves guys will paddle for, what waves they won't, how they change their position in the lineup relative to the sets coming in, etc. You also get to see them in whatever random / not the best conditions the contest happens to occur in... the zoomed-out view lets you see the sets rolling in, etc.
As opposed to edited surf/bodyboard videos where you only see the 30 seconds that someone is actually on a perfect/awesome wave; you never get to see what the other n hours(days? weeks? months?) of waiting/closeouts/wrong waves/etc looked like that it took to get that sick shot...
yea I feel the same way,its good to learn specific spots by watchin the heats.i wouldn't advise a beginner to even go to the north shore lol,but its always cool seeing how they negotiate clean up sets and where to sit,where not to sit,etc..when u watch the pipe contests like I have over the past few years,theres epic conditions but u see only 5 good waves go down for the entire day.its not like pipe spits out perfect tube one after another,its really challenging unless your john florence