The Boardseeker Beach Report, with John Skye and Chris Audsley.
Today was probably the most hectic day in the history of the word hectic. Registration started at a chirpy eleven o clock, with the BBC there to check out all the sailors.
Then the mayhem started. Those who got to the Maze early were, lets say, delighted by the conditions. James Cox, Clyde Waite, Gregg Dunnet and Scottie McDowell, were all out on 4.2\'s in big down the line conditions. Then the competition started and the wind dropped straight to gusty 5.3 weather. The waves were still lovely, if slightly confusing.
The main impact of the day was the presence of Jonas Ceballos from Gran Canaria. Possibly the best person in the whole entire world at Port Tack Jumping. It was port tack, but jumping it was not. Two waves to count in 8 minute heats.
Loads were ripping it, up, but it was a pretty hard wave to judge. Sometimes it was big and peeling, sometimes it was just one big close out. Immediately you could see those port tack boys loving the conditions, Ben Proffit and Phil Horrocks were cruising. Their wave selection was great, and they seemed to time things perfectly. It was surprising that some sailors were not getting through, since at times they were getting great rides and aerials, Hunty and James Cox were perhaps two of these.
The Final four were made up of John Skye, Ben Proffit, Jonas Ceballos and Phil Horrocks. Jonas had previously been getting some pretty decent aerials, so was looking a big threat. The final was extended to 20 minutes, which you might think was plenty of time. But the wind dropped completely, making it a complete struggle to get out. Ben stuck to the corner and tried to pick out the smaller waves as they came through, as Skye boy and Jonas cruised out back, looking for the biggest sets. There was plenty of time, or so they thought. Ben was ripping, loads of turns and aerials, whilst those big waves that Skye and Jonas were hoping for didnt seem to come through. You could see the wind swinging all over the shop, which really didnt help the sailors. I t looked pretty close from where I was standing, but the overall result showed Proffit in first place, Jonas in second, Horrocks third and Skyeboy in an unusual fourth place.
One thing though, the BBC were happy.
"My day went from bad to worse, totally snapped! " Chris Audsberry
"Totally messed the final up. with 20 mintues and only 2 waves, I took my time and waited for the sets.... they didn\'t come and I lost..... Just to make matters worse. the only wave I did get I managed to punch myself in the face.... totally snapped!" John Skye
Tomorrow is another day, and is also Sunday. Maybe it will be nicer to us all
Man on the beach...Clyde Waite.