- Billabong Pipe Masters 2012
- Billabong Pro Tahiti 2012
- Billabong Pro Tahara 2012
- Billabong Pro J-Bay 2012
- Billabong Rio Pro 2012
- Australian Open of Surfing 2012
- Billabong World Junior Championships 2011
- Billabong Pipeline Masters 2011
- Billabong Pro Tahiti 2011
- Billabong Pro JBay 2011
- Billabong Rio Pro 2011
Day 12 of 12
- WEBCAST IS
WEATHER: SunnyWIND: None
SCHEDULE: Mick Fanning Wins!UPDATED: 1.47am, 27th August , 2012 (Tahiti time)
We count at least 20 boards on the back of the truck. Do you?
To the recreational surfer, this many boards for two weeks in Tahiti might appear excessive, but if we do the math it suddenly kind of makes sense.
Okay, let’s assume …
- The contest can run in waves ranging anywhere from 2ft to 12ft.
- Parko has five different board lengths he likes, ensuring he is equipped for anything in that size range, and each board will likely differ by two or three inches. So we’ll say he has asked for a 5’11, 6’1, 6’3, 6’6 and 6’9. Total 5 surfboards
- Teahupo’o breaks boards at any size, so he will need a replica of every board, just in case. Total 10 surfboards
- But what if the surf is the same size and he’s required to ride the same size model for the entire two weeks? Two boards is not enough! Heck, sometimes an unlucky surfer will break two boards in 10 minutes at Teahupo’o! So that means he needs at minimum, three in each size! Total 15 surfboards.
- But what if it’s eight foot the day he gets off the plane and he does break, or damage, three boards in a row? Better throw in a few extra, just in case … Total 18 surfboards.
- And hang on, what if some of those boards simply don’t perform to his liking? What if he is experimenting with boards of the same length but with slightly different widths, or tail configurations? Total 20+ surfboards.
You get the drift.
Don’t even get us started on the stickers …