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Todd Prestage Presso Tour

[IMAGE 1] We love Australia. Thanks to the land down under, we’ve been given such treats as Steve “The Crocodile Hunter” Irwin and Occy-they’ve also kept the worlds best beer, Victoria Bitter, from being imported up here. Anyways, another famous Australian who goes by the name of Todd Prestage is now giving us his insights as he travels the world on the WCT. Starting with France, get ready as Presso tells us about the glitzy life of an ASP surfer. Many thanks to Todd and his sponsors (Ocean and Earth and Byrne) for their assistance in making this happen-enjoy!

- The most recent are at the top, scroll to see previous updates.Day 35: Smaller is the surf report for today. They have put the contest on hold until 11 a.m. but realistically there is no chance. One of the best things about having WCT’s in Europe is the fact that they have a KEG in the competitors area-looks like that’s today’s activity.

Day 34: The start of the Figeira Pro and as usual they have to wait until about 10:00 a.m. for it to break. Before they can start, the waves were pretty small and barely contestable. They managed to squeeze out eight heats before it stopped breaking. With only two out of eight seeds winning, the conditions were definitely challenging.

Day 33: Up early and out for a surf. The water here is cold and the air is warm which creates a lot of fog. It takes a bit of adjusting to the temp, but after a few ice cream headaches you settle in and acclimate. The waves are just a little smaller today, but hopefully we will have something for the start of the event tomorra.

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Day 32: After a bit of breaky, it’s back on the road with only a short drive to Figeira De Foz. We arrived around lunch and after the usual check ins (Hotel & Contest), its out for a quick surf. The waves were about two- to three-feet with a nice little right hand wedge. Unfortunately, after driving for two days, my back has become part of the car seat and things didn’t go so well.

Day 31: Portugal-Well after driving for nine hours from France through Spain, we now just crossed the Portugal boarder and decided to call it quits for the night. Three countries in one day is a lot.

Day 30: The second semi was a little more one sided with Shane Dorian finding rhythm early and Danny Wills running into a bit of bad luck breaking his magic board early in the heat. The final was set. Occy versus Dorian, front side versus backside. Going into the heat, Occ was the favorite even with Dorian being one of the best back side tube riders. Occy is now injury free and has hit form this event. If there was a wave built for him it would be Mundaka. Dorian taking all this into account went for broke and came up with a 9.00, an 8.00, a 9.5, and the WIN!!!!!.

Day 30: Mundaka. It’s the last day of the Billabong Pro and once again they have gotten lucky with a clean five- to sixc-foot swell to greet them. The first semi in the water was a corka. Occy verses CJ and both surfers went at it. CJ had a 9.5, a 9.0,and a 7.25. Occy on the other hand, had a 9.90, an 8.75, and with five minutes and priority, needed a over a seven. Occy kept everyone on the edge of their seats until the last 30 seconds when he took off on the wave of the morning. Needing over a seven, he charged it and came up with a perfect ten.


Day 28:
Four to five feet and off shore this morning. Everybody is jumping. They decide to start with the women’s semi-finals and then its straight into the men’s. I had first heat against C.J and the waves were really hard to find. I only managed to get one decent score and with a minute to go I needed a 7. The wave came but unfortunately for me, C.J had priority. Them bloody Hobgoods-they’re everywhere. F@#K.

The other heats saw Occy go through to meet C.J and Dorian to meet Danny Wills. The call is for Mundaka tomorrow 8am.

Day 27: As expected, they decide to wait with tomorrow being three to four feet and Saturday-maybe Mundaka.

Day 27: Rain and howling onshores greeted us this morning. They have put the contest on hold until 2 p.m., but with the conditions looking good for tomorra and Saturday I think they will hold off.

Day 26: After much confusion and a few beers, they decided to go ahead with the fourth round which was a total shock to both Kalani and C.J. Both were in the first heat and on their third beer each. I had heat two with Peterson Rosa. The waves were very tricky, but I managed to find a couple of good ones-one being a 9.25 barrel that I fell into. Anyway stoked quarter finals.

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Day 26: Happy days. My girlfriend Amanda flew in last night and we woke to six foot waves this morning and the contest is on. I had heat four against “The Snake.” I was lucky to find a few good waves without priority and win the heat. Probably the heat of the third round was Taj Burrow against an in-form Shane Powell, Powelly opened with a 9.25 backed it up the next wave with a 8.5, and finished off with a 7.5. Taj had a couple of good waves, but just tried to push too hard. In the end, all he could do was look and watch as Powelly racked up the highest score of the day.

Day 25: The swell is up a little on yesterday but its decided not to have mens as it will only break for about three hours. They decided to go with women and run eight heats. Myself, Occy, Richie Lovett, and Greville Mitchell decide to go have a round of golf the Seingose course-one of the best in France. Being here to compete in the Billabong Pro entitles you to free clubs, cart, and as many rounds you can play.


Day 24: Howling onshore and six-foot plus is what we woke to this morning. The contest is on with really hard conditions-big and messy. Only five out of sixteen seeds won their heats today. On a personal note, I finally won a first round heat. Thank f#$k for that, I get a day off tomorra.

Day 23: Howling onshore and six-foot plus is what we woke to this morning. The contest is on with really hard conditions-big and messy. Only five out of sixteen seeds won their heats today. On a personal note, I finally won a first round heat. Thank f#$k for that, I get a day off tomorra.

Day 22: Hung over. That axe is back and hangin out of my head again thank god they cancelled the event today. Didn’t even attempt to get out of bed all day. Lucky b’days only come round once a year. Swell is supposed to jump up to six feet overnight, plus so it looks good for a 8a.m. start tomorra.

Day 21: Another slow start to the morning contest has been cancelled for the men, but there’s an 11:00 am start for the women. Swell still looking good for the weekend. Decided to blow the froth of a couple of beers early today and celebrate my b’day.

Anglet Billabong Pro
Day 20: Well, today is the first day of the Anglet Billabong Pro waiting period and the weather has set in. It’s onshore raining and miserable and it’s about 11:30-They’ve just cancelled the event for the day.

Day 19: With the holidays coming to a close and the line up beginning to thin, it’s now a good time to be in France. Being able to drive to the beach and get a park is unheard of. The next few days of swell look very promising and with most of the 44 out of action either being sick, hurt, hung over, or still drinking, it’s a good time to take advantage of the empty line up.

Day 18: With one of the most interesting weeks in ASP history now finished, its time for a quick two-day break before Anglet starts. The title race is stan in-form Shane Powell, Powelly opened with a 9.25 backed it up the next wave with a 8.5, and finished off with a 7.5. Taj had a couple of good waves, but just tried to push too hard. In the end, all he could do was look and watch as Powelly racked up the highest score of the day.

Day 25: The swell is up a little on yesterday but its decided not to have mens as it will only break for about three hours. They decided to go with women and run eight heats. Myself, Occy, Richie Lovett, and Greville Mitchell decide to go have a round of golf the Seingose course-one of the best in France. Being here to compete in the Billabong Pro entitles you to free clubs, cart, and as many rounds you can play.


Day 24: Howling onshore and six-foot plus is what we woke to this morning. The contest is on with really hard conditions-big and messy. Only five out of sixteen seeds won their heats today. On a personal note, I finally won a first round heat. Thank f#$k for that, I get a day off tomorra.

Day 23: Howling onshore and six-foot plus is what we woke to this morning. The contest is on with really hard conditions-big and messy. Only five out of sixteen seeds won their heats today. On a personal note, I finally won a first round heat. Thank f#$k for that, I get a day off tomorra.

Day 22: Hung over. That axe is back and hangin out of my head again thank god they cancelled the event today. Didn’t even attempt to get out of bed all day. Lucky b’days only come round once a year. Swell is supposed to jump up to six feet overnight, plus so it looks good for a 8a.m. start tomorra.

Day 21: Another slow start to the morning contest has been cancelled for the men, but there’s an 11:00 am start for the women. Swell still looking good for the weekend. Decided to blow the froth of a couple of beers early today and celebrate my b’day.

Anglet Billabong Pro
Day 20: Well, today is the first day of the Anglet Billabong Pro waiting period and the weather has set in. It’s onshore raining and miserable and it’s about 11:30-They’ve just cancelled the event for the day.

Day 19: With the holidays coming to a close and the line up beginning to thin, it’s now a good time to be in France. Being able to drive to the beach and get a park is unheard of. The next few days of swell look very promising and with most of the 44 out of action either being sick, hurt, hung over, or still drinking, it’s a good time to take advantage of the empty line up.

Day 18: With one of the most interesting weeks in ASP history now finished, its time for a quick two-day break before Anglet starts. The title race is still open even though Sunny has a very big lead. Luke did manage to make up some ground on him and now C.J.’s sitting equal fourth with Jake Patto and Mick Campbell. Pipe can’t come soon enough.

Hossegor Rip Curl Pro, France
Day 17: The final day, Well after a long recovery yesterday it feels good to wake up feeling a little bit better, amped, and not have an axe hangin out my head. After breakfast I went down to the contest and the final was in the water, C.J against Luke Egan. The waves are a little small, but still fun. The final was closely contested, but with the small wave wizardry. Being fifty pounds lighter, C.J pulled off his first WCT win. Congrats C.J.

Day 16: The hang over. After catching up with a few friends from home, I drowned my sorrows last night and woke up with an axe hanging out my head and the ability to do absolutely nothing all day. I rolled over and went back to bed.

Day 15: Hurricane. Woke up this morning and a bloody hurricane was blowing went down the beach I couldn’t even see the waves. It was raining that hard, the contest was put on hold till 11a.m.

Day 15: Well, we kicked off at 11:30 with me and Dorian in the first heat in the water. It was pretty much victory at sea. I had a slender lead for most of the heat with Shane only needing a 4.61 with 30 secs to go. I thought I was home until a wave popped up for Shane and he got a 6.5. Game over, F#$! It.

Day 14: Today is much the same. The waves are really small. They started with women and high tide is about to set in. So we’ll check back at 4pm.

Day 14: After some sushi at Phil Richardson’s new sushi bar it’s back to the contest. The waves have held in through the high tide and after much deliberation they decide to start the event. The first heat in the water was C.J Hobgood against Danny Wills and it was a corka. There were a few other upsets in the early heats with The Murder taking down Jake the Snake Patto in heat 4. I was in heat 5 and they decided to cancel after the Patto heatÐso now I’m the first heat in the morning.

Day 13: High tide has killed any chance of starting early so it looks like it is going to be another long day. I have heat 10 with Timmy Curran and the waves look like they will be pretty good at low tide.

Day 13: Well, the contest has kicked off and there has already been a few upsets. Occy lost to Toby (the murder) Martin with a lack of waves. It made it really hard for 2 guys to get waves. I finally got through the second round by defeating Timmy Curran. Now it’s onto tomorra and Shane Dorian.

Day 12: Second day of the waiting period & the swell has arrived it1s 3 to 4ft but really high tide, They decide to start with the bush first 8 heats of them & then the 16 heats of men.

Day 12: After a few surfs some lunch a good nape some stretching & a bit of cyc up music I1m finally out there at 6pm it1s a really long day when your up at 7am & don1t even surf your heat until 6pm. Anyway I got a second to Shea Lopez I fell one wave short needing a 5 at the end so it looks like round 2 for me tomorra. [IMAGE 3]Day 11: First day of the contests waiting period & it1s still dead flat ahh well it1s off to the golf course to drive some golf carts around & lose some balls.

Day 10: Hossegor here we come, This morning just got up & packed all my stuff up & headed for Hossegor the site for the next WCT.

Day 10: After a 2 hour drive down the highway I arrive in Hossegor I dump my stuff at Belly1s factory while I go & do the usual check inn1s, First it1s to the real estate to get my pad that I have rented for the week then it1s off to the contest to get the usual a t-shirt & a hospital band. The surf is still dead flat here today but hopefully tomorra.

TC Lacanau Pro, France
Day 8 : The final day of the Lacanau Pro. The waves are really small which is a good thing they waited seen as though yesterday was bigger, but it was still contestable enough to run. The much awaited clash between Patto & The Mo