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Ten things you probably didn’t hear from last year…

23 July 2012 Posted in Blog

A surf comp usually runs for around 10 days or so, and with so many characters and interesting people in the mix with Mother Nature - there's always some fire-side tales that go unreported ... So here's ten things  from last year that you probably didn't know about...

1. Owen Wright was spewin' there was no champagne to be popped when he made the winner's podium alongside Kelly. Owen had obviously dreamed of the day he'd be standing up there at WCT level and all we had for him was some fancy Tahitian artifacts as trophies. Sorry, Owen. New York was your moment ...

Where's the Champagne???

2. In 2011, the medical team treated more than 20 of the Top 34 surfers and another 50-70 treatments for various reasons - sunstroke, upset tummies, reef cuts, sea-sickness, torn ligaments, busted shoulders, etc. But there were hardly any injuries from the Code Red day, one of the craziest days of surfing in the heaviest conditions imaginable. Raimana got pretty nailed and Dean Morrison twisted his knee but that was kind of it. Go figure ...

That reef fights back!

Hawaiian Dusty Payne got up close and personal with the Teahupoo Reef

3. A fridge was ripped to the sea from Mommy and Poppie's garage (where a bunch of the Billabong team are housed) during the Code Red swell. It was spotted floating down in the channel surround by branches, logs and other debris about three days later - close to Taravao, around 20 kilometres from Teahupo'o.

4. Rumours abounded of model Naomi Campbell and actor Ed Norton who were both allegedly holidaying aboard the luxurious "Sea Wolf", the boat anchored down near Big Pass for a week or so. What the pair have in common besides fame, wealth and natural beauty is beyond us but if they actually were on the boat, we're sure they were having a pleasant stay.

Ed? Naomi? Hello?

5. Adam "Biff" Despisito, a hard charging goofy foot who calls Teahupo'o his second home, had a chunk bitten from his board by a little shark during a free surf one day.

6. The conditions during the three lay days following the completion of Round 1 were some of the best of the event's 12 year history. Competitors, judges, staff, free-surfers and media there to cover the event all got pitted off their brains. Then it got even better and the competition resumed.

Gratuitous staff surf pic: JJ gets slotted on one of the best lay days in Teahupo'o history. pic Mosqueira

7. Years ago, someone tried to drive a hire car across the river that flows out from the mountains to the Teahupo'o lagoon. They got stuck, the car filled with water and had to be towed out. Now, every one staying on the point has to carry their own bags across the bridge and down the point to wherever it is they are staying. Often when they arrive at midnight, and in the rain. Barking guard dogs have been known to scare the beejeezus out of people too.

8. Aussie rock band, the Living End, were special guests last year. Near the end of their trip, all four dudes were out having a surf on a little day, along with their promo crew from music cable Network Channel [V]. What ensued was a comedy of errors, and blood. One producer guy kicked his foot on the reef trying to climb back in the boat, saw the blood, passed out. A second person fell in while trying to take a leak from the back of the boat, did the same thing - cutting his foot on the reef. Then the jet ski mechanic tried to rescue one of the blokes who came unstuck while surfing. He dry-docked the ski on the reef and had to be towed out. Later we found out, all of 'em got food poisoning on the last night and spent the entire flight back to Australia spewing and diarreah-ing. How was your stay in Paradise, boys?

Chris Cheyney from Australian band Living End was there to experience the good and bad of Teahupoo

9. We can't think of a number nine. Please go to ten.

10. Competition is not allowed to run unless an ambulance is present, on stand by at the end of road.