Rounds 3-5 Photos (Long Beach Surf Delivers for Quiksilver Pro)

Alejo Muniz pushing his tail all the way out during his heat

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 Patacchia learning about the Long Beach rip current – forcing him to spring from jetty to jetty

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