As promised, I’m catching up on the massive backlog of photos I have from Thursday and Friday. Enjoy.
Owen Wright is a huge guy in person. He had no idea he’d be walking home with a huge check a little more than 24 hours from this photo.
Kelly Slater not looking too thrilled with Josh Kerr beating him – forcing Slater into a Round 5 elimination heat
Brett Simpson throwing a big air 360
Freddy – One of the nicest guys on the tour
Freddy P getting ready to get back out
Commentator and action sports personality Sal Masekela sneaking out for a mid-day surf session
One of Long Beach’s senior Life Guards watching the competition with thousands of others
Some of the next generation of surf champs. When I asked who they were rooting for, they said “Kelly Slater… because he’s the best surfer ever.”
Josh Kerr is all smiles after “schooling” Kelly Slater
Heitor Alves going into the green room with one of the first barrels of the competition
Brazilian Jeremy Flores sprinting past the crowd as the high tide surges
Thousands of dollars of custom pro model boards
Freddy P signing a fan’s single fin. By the end of the day he had most of the pros’ signatures. Does anyone know who this gentleman is?
A close-up of the board
Even bike parking was full on Thursday