The quikpro 2013 at Kirra..

SO… First credit to where credit is due, Congrats to Kelly Slater. To win a single contest at that level is a achievement in itself let alone the squillions he has won… .. That being said, I would love to see the surfing do the talking and the surfers win by surfing, not tactics. I know its a big part in the game and most of them would have done the same thing but out there in those conditions it was bullshit that priority ruling. They were surfing completely different banks. If they were on the same bank surfing from the same take off spot then, ok, maybe…. Priority on a long right racing point?!??!? I am not sure! But Joel was surfing one spot and Kelly the other as he had done rightly so in his semi against Mick. THEN on THAT one wave and it was the wave Joel had been waiting for all heat at the exact spot he was trying to be all heat, to have it finish the way it did is a massive disappointment! I Know it is Parko’s home and I know that loads of people were there supporting the new world champ but the eerie seedlessness after that priority ruling when Kelly was taken back up the point on the jetski and the beach announcer called for a cheer for him and to a person, (and it was busy) no-body said a thing, was some how fitting. I even heard some booing. Now, my KS11 lovers will say that didn’t happen and lots of other stuff about this post but it did and that is the truth of it.

In the semi’s Kelly snuck in front of Mick with a 10 at the end to seal a spot in the final and Joel demolished Michel to set up Quik’s dream final at a destination we all want brought back to its former glory. There were some waves out there that were incredible but not a thing like what it was.

Finally, it was a great contest, in a great location with the right calls being made (except Taj’s) and a clear indication of whom to watch out for this year.

Here are my photos and just a question…. Who do you think was on the cleanest, more perfect waves?

 

The view back home.

The view back home.

A dissapointed home crowd leaving...

A disappointed home crowd leaving…

9... but not enough...

9… but not enough…

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Parko's last ditch for a very high 9....

Parko’s last ditch for a very high 9….

and out, but he got clipped..

and out, but he got clipped..

Doggy-door..

Doggy-door..

Looking to escape.

Looking to escape.

To victory.

To victory.

and barrelled..

and barrelled..

Setting it up.

Setting it up.

Racing..

Racing..

Dropping..

Dropping..

Kelly paddeling.

Kelly paddeling.

Finished... I would have loved to have seen him keep on trucking through and get blown out behind KS... Fuck the win, just a good point proven!

Finished… I would have loved to have seen him keep on trucking through and get blown out behind KS… Fuck the win, just a good point proven!

Here is the finger!

Here is the finger!

Fuck this.!!!!

Fuck this.!!!!

Waiting for the inevitable.

Waiting for the inevitable.

Parko on that wave... Historical!

Parko on that wave… Historical!

thecurrumbin-1710 thecurrumbin-1709

Looking...

Looking…

Road to nowhere. ..

Road to nowhere. ..

#GOPARKO

#GOPARKO

4 to no exit.

4 to no exit.

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#GOPARKO

#GOPARKO

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Kelly's 1st.

Kelly’s 1st.

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Parko... 1st wave of the final

Parko… 1st wave of the final

Another crowd vs eagle shot.

Another crowd vs eagle shot.

Still held in highest regards, especially at Kirra. Rock on Rab!

Still held in highest regards, especially at Kirra. Rock on Rab!

Living Legend!

Living Legend!

I thought I would add a few sponsers in..

I thought I would add a few sponsers in..

The competitors tent.

The competitors tent.

Waiting for the final.

Waiting for the final.

The team and the eagle.

The team and the eagle.

Under every banner.

Under every banner.

on every rock.

on every rock.

They were everywhere.

They were everywhere.

A few crowd shots.

A few crowd shots.

Jordy Smith.. I think.

Jordy Smith.. I think.

Steph.. She won the expression session.. She did charge but I didn't see her make any.

Steph.. She won the expression session.. She did charge but I didn’t see her make any.

Dane.

Dane.

Nice.

Nice.

An added extra for a point or two..

An added extra for a point or two..

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Kelly into another one. 1

Kelly into another one. 1

Good crowd.

Good crowd.

No exit..

No exit..

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Kelly... 1

Kelly… 1

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Free-falling into a bomb... The judges didn't like this one too much..

Free-falling into a bomb… The judges didn’t like this one too much..

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#GOMICK..1

#GOMICK..1

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KS..1

KS..1

More Tatts...

More Tatts…

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Parko..1

Parko..1

Yewww

Yewww

#GOPRO

#GOPRO

Nearly

Nearly

A quick change and some tips..

A quick change and some tips..

#GOPARKO

#GOPARKO

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Michel answers back.

Michel answers back.

Slipping a quick turn in.

Slipping a quick turn in.

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Joel's first wave on the semi.

Joel’s first wave on the semi.

ad a rock to sit on.

ad a rock to sit on.

Seems, everyone had a camera.

Seems, everyone had a camera.

Busy..

Busy..

Dane..

Dane..

#GOMICK

#GOMICK

Go mate.. I can only imagine  what his view would have been.

Go mate.. I can only imagine what his view would have been.

Nearly..

Nearly..

Good tattoo.

Good tattoo.

Iconic.

Iconic.

Why go straight?

Why go straight?