WOW!!!!!!!! What an insane contest. I reckon that this comp was the best ever and I'm proud to say that I'm a bodyboarder. The level of riding was next level. Everyone was putting their life on the line on the last day when it was 8-10ft. I've never seen this kind of riding in any event. It was next level stuff. I am blown away and still buzzing from the comp.
Coming into this contest I knew that I needed to make the finals to qualify for the top 24 of the GSS world tour next year. After Nick Ormerod made the semis and lost I did the math and i needed now to place 3rd or higher in the finals of the trials. I knew it wasn't going to be easy because the locals here in the Canary Islands rip super hard and ride Fronton so good. On top of that there were other riders from around the world that came here to qualify for the main event and get some GQS points as well. This was the toughest trials this year i'm pretty sure. During my first heat of the trials I completed my first invert to air reverse in a contest. I was stoked and I think that move gave me a lot of momentum and confidence going into all of my heats. I ended up making the finals of the trials and placing 3rd gaining enough points to qualify for the top 24 of the GSS world tour next year. This was one of my biggest dreams and goals that I set out for myself and I'm super stoked that this dream and goal became a reality that day! It really hasn't hit me yet, but when i come home and enjoy this moment with my family and friends i'm pretty sure it will hit me then. It took me about 3 years to finally qualify and I always believed that I would do it one day. Dream, set goals, believe in yourself, enjoy, have fun, and anything is possible! I want to thank each and everyone of you that have supported me in anyway. I know that I did this for me, but this qualification is for all of you guys as well!!!!!! Without the support I wouldn't be able to do this i'm pretty sure. Also, a huge thank you to my sponsors TURBO Bodyboards, The Foam Company, Flipmode Clothing, and SURGE Wax! I've had so many ups and downs in my life and a lot of sacrifices I've had to make to be in this position I am in right now and I'm stoked!!!!! So thank you so much everyone!!!!!!!!! Words can't express how I'm feeling right now. I just can't stop smiling! Life is amazing :) Be happy and enjoy. mahalo everyone! Below are some photos from the contest.
Also, BIG CONGRATS to my good friend Jeff Hubbard for winning the 2012 world title!!!!! It was a crazy last day and stressful at times, but at the end he became the champ. I couldn't be more proud and stoked for him!
Another thank you to the locals here in the Canary Islands for the hospitality and being so nice and sharing your waves with us. I enjoyed my month here and i'm stoked! Also, to Mark Mcarthy, Cobus Bosman, and Nick Ormerod. Such an epic crew to be cruising with. A lot of good times were had and I can't wait to see what 2013 has in store. I'm ready and frothing. Time to go home and enjoy. aloha
|Green superfood zone strong|
|Evening run in zone|
|I'll miss this board.|
|Just one of the million beauty sunsets we've seen on this trip|
|Motivation guy for the kids guy|
|2012 world champ, hags, and Paul Benco sharing a moment|
|An emotional world champ|
|One last Fronty check|
|Seamus and I talking about zones|
|After party festivities with Riraw Production entertainment|
|Barrels & Beers & Beards & Afro|
|Manny, Ayesha, Spex, Jubb, and guy in back|
|BBQ for Seamus's BDAY!|