My firm actually sponsered 1/3 of the purse and I got the call Thursday that it was on and I was flying out from NYC.
The surge could have been prevented, but I must say that they handled it pretty well. I was out on the boat in the morning (when it happened) and when I came back during the afternoon you couldn't even tell anything happened. It was kind of a bummer that the surge washed away the stage where they were going to do the awards, so we had to do them inside a nearby hotel.
All in all, it was such an awesome time. I have never witnessed anything like it, seeing those waves up close was unreal. The amount of energy in those waves was insane. You could feel their power.
I think the funny thing about it (and the woman breaking her leg isn't really funny) was how pissed off everyone looked when clearly there was enough info stuck around the place that they should have known better. There were a lot of chubby, humiliated and very angry looking faces in that short piece of footage. Also, kudos to the camera bearer for choosing a safe spot and not getting wiped.