Billabong Pro Teahupoo 2014

Discussion in 'Mid Atlantic' started by superbust, Aug 15, 2014.

  1. superbust

    superbust Well-Known Member

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    Nov 2, 2008
    So today is the first day of the waiting period for this amazing event. They are calling for massive surf later in the week into early next week.

    Any bold predictions? What does your fantasy team look like? Will Kelly win? How bout JJF? Mick?

    How bout another Code Red? I wanna see Nathan Fletcher out there again!!!
     
  2. worsey

    worsey Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    i like medina.
    and nat. and JJF.
     

  3. nkh422

    nkh422 Well-Known Member

    90
    Dec 7, 2013
    jjf. did you see the article on surfline about his boards for tahiti? How is the biggest board the kid rides is a 6'6 for tahiti and pipe/backdoor? I understand the idea of small boards with more volume in the front for extra paddle power with a pulled in tail for getting in under the lip for these dudes, but damn.
     
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  4. ukelelesurf

    ukelelesurf Well-Known Member

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    Apr 25, 2007
    Also, did you check the volumes on his boards? The dude is 6'1 170 and his volumes are 26 or something. Man I feel like a loser I am just a few pounds heavier and my boards are in the low to mid 30s. Then again, JJ and I having very little in common when it comes to surfing
     
  5. nkh422

    nkh422 Well-Known Member

    90
    Dec 7, 2013
    I saw that, pretty ridiculous. Funny that he didn't worry about the dimensions. Just length, model, tail shape, 3 fins.
     
  6. nynj

    nynj Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2012
    Most of the guys won't ride much bigger than 6'6 in Tahiti

     
  7. nkh422

    nkh422 Well-Known Member

    90
    Dec 7, 2013
    same goes for pipe I think, with a few exceptions. reminds me of that nuts cloudbreak contest a couple of years ago when that swell went nuts and all they had was smallish boards given the conditions. I know they're mostly not really big guys, but still.
     
  8. stinkbug

    stinkbug Well-Known Member

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    Dec 21, 2010
    "Most" ASP pros are like 150-160 lbs, 5'8-5'10
    Small dudes, beyond fit and obviously extremely skilled surfers. A 6'6 would suit them fine in most bigger surf, especially the way boards are made now with some extra volume and width hidden in the boards.
     
  9. nkh422

    nkh422 Well-Known Member

    90
    Dec 7, 2013
    I chalk it up to impressive sets of skills and balls.
     
  10. leethestud

    leethestud Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2010
    Yes I just saw Kelly's quiver for the trip on his facebook page:

    6'1 x 18 1/4 x 2 3/8 SP12
    5'11 x 18 1/4 x 2 5/16 SP12
    5'11 x 18 1/2 x 2 1/2 in center with a tapered rail (modified Fred Rubble/Deep Six)
    5'10 x 181/4 x 2 5/16 Semi Pro
    5'9 x 18 1/4 x 2 1/4 Fred Rubble

    Yes, the biggest board he brought to Teahu****ingpoo is 6'1 x 18 1/4 x 2 3/8. That's nuts.
     
  11. Big Wet Monster

    Big Wet Monster Well-Known Member

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    Feb 4, 2010
    Kelly's biggest for the contest is a 61 i think

     
  12. worsey

    worsey Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    kids - do not try this at home without parental supervision.
     
  13. nkh422

    nkh422 Well-Known Member

    90
    Dec 7, 2013
    what a beast.

    was it 2008 pipe contest he won riding something around a 5'11? It was going off, big tubes and big drops on the tiny board. crazy to see that.
     
  14. cepriano

    cepriano Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2012
    theres only a few surfers in the world I can probably name them all that ride small boards in massive waves.like they say its not the board,its the surfer.kelly,johnjon,Jamie o,nate fletcher,bruce irons,one more I cant think of.then u look at guys like Flynn novak,kalani chapman there pushing 8'2s at pipe on the big days.the surfline wave of the winter movie explains it pretty good.u have to sit super deep where ur basically in the line of fire and every wave is a late takeoff,but those guys can do it.lol I miss the days of big boards,seeing Kelly surfing 7'4s,andy on big boards.i think bigger boards throw more spray,those small boards are mostly for airs and shooting through closeouts
     
  15. zach619

    zach619 Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    It is about the surfer. They are paddling monsters. Video feeds and footage doesn't do it justice. They can paddle into a 3 footer 50 yards deeper than the long boarders are sitting and go from zero to 60 in 2 seconds. As long as you can get into the drop, the pros are better off on small boards in big surf. They can control the speed checking and little ankle adjustments and maintain their proper placement in the tube, yet still come out and throw a nasty turn on the face. But those guys surf waves of consequence on the daily, get paid to do it and have the luxury of training as professional athletes. I have seen Taj Burrow up close in the water, and it was mind blowing to see his paddling skills and speed and how it was all so effortless.
     
  16. HighOnLife

    HighOnLife Well-Known Member

    Jun 3, 2014
    ahaaaa wow i really suck at surfing.
     
  17. worsey

    worsey Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    YOU'RE NOT ALONE.
    when the conversation turns to kelly/jjf/jamie'o......um, we ALL suck.....
     
  18. nynj

    nynj Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2012
    At chopes it's more about the wave. It's so concave that they say a smaller board fits better in the barrel. The bigger the board the easier it is to pearl.
    Guys that ride big boards at pipe don't at teaupoo
     
  19. worsey

    worsey Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    just the thought of THAT WAVE on a surfboard 5ft anything...gives me the willys...
     
  20. csawkid

    csawkid Active Member

    41
    Sep 3, 2011
    Those guys have more ass than I do to get after the bombs coming at you at those locales. Longboards, shortboards or SUPS, you make a mistake there and you can pay dearly for it. @ 52 years of age, I'll stick with overhead (1') and be stoked with that.