07 February 2010

Day 4 Finals Action, Spot vs Moose - The Showdown

The Old Farts Surf Co. World Series Surfing Splinter Group Mobile Cold Water Classic event moved from the remote north-west coast to the far south-east just to prove how mobile and cold it could be.  OFSC head Honcho, The Mexican said, we made the call on Day 3 so that the logistics team could transfer the contest to the other end of the island.
(Moose taking the tactical initiative)
With hot favourite's The Dude and the Mexican eliminated in earlier rounds, the finals were fought out between Canadian upstart, Moose, Spot the rising star and some cheats who resorted to towing in a desperate attempt to upset the two young crowd favourites.
Moose took an early lead in the final, on a small wave just before a closeout bomb cleaned up the field. The wiley Moose said "I saw it coming on the horizon and I knew if I got a quick score it would put me in a commanding position while the rest of the finalists tried to recover." Mastersurfcoach and tactical analyst, the Mexican, said "that was one of the best tactical moves I've seen in a World Series Splinter Group final."  "Its frightening to think where such a smart head on an upcoming athlete can lead in the world of oldfartsurfing" he said while staring at the horizon.
(Shot 1, Moose paddles for a piddler)
(Shot 2, Moose looks back as the piddler breaks behind her)
(Shot 3, Moose takes off on the piddler)
(Shot 4, Moose rides the piddler with classic backhand grab rail stance, apparently she's been taking lessons from Slater)
(Shot 5, Moose trims on the piddler no one else would catch)
(Shot 6, Moose pulls a massive bottome turn on athe piddler)
Moose then consolidated her lead with a bearly ridable whitewater piddler.   "No one else would have caught that wave, I was a bit stunned there" said Spot.  However, the rising star wasn't stunned for long.  He soon pulled a big scoring wave slashing across the face of the wave in front of Moose as she was walking back out.
(Spot slashes across the face as Moose walks back out)
(Tow in surfer trying to upset the finalists)
(Spot on a backhand foam ball)
Spot then followed up with a backhand foam ball on what he described as a Tube.  The judges didn't see it that way but they still awarded top marks for his foam riding skills.   "He's always claiming tubes that don't exist" said Moose, concerned for her fellow athlete.  "Perhaps he should see a mental health specialist" she quiped to the water cameraman who past the comment to waiting journalists.
(A stylish bottom turn from Moose)
Moose regained her lead with a stylish little foam wave with a perfect little bottom turn, however, as she turned to walk back out she watched Spot ride a perfect foam faced wave to take the lead back off her.
(Spot on a foam face watched by Moose)
After his foam faced ride, spot quickly paddled out and caught the wave of the day to seal his victory.
(Spot takes off on the wave of the day)
(Spot's perfectly timed and powerful bottom turn sets him up for down the line speed)
(Spot's speed drives him through sections down the line
It was the first Splinter Group Series win for Spot.  In receiving his prize Spot said "I owe this win to the Mexican who lent me his hollow timber surfboard for the final."  "It catches waves real easy and drives on down the line with such speed it is frightening but always under control". 
The Mexican's hollow timber surfboard was designed by the Mex himself and handcrafted by Mastersurfcraftsman, The Dude.  Independant analyst and mastersurfcraftdesigner, Macho, said he thought "the board's 'magic' performance was due to the volume to weight ratio with subtle single to double concave and smooth soft to hard rail transitions from nose to tail.

All contestants ride Old Farts Surf Co. hollow timber surfboards, handmade by the mastersurfcraftsman, The Dude.  Click here for more information or to order your unique piece of ridable art.
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