Billabong Pro Tahiti: Mexican Manny Reports From The End Of The Road

Tanner Gudauskas gets in a warm up session after the comp is called off for the day. Photo: ASP/Kirstin

Tanner Gudauskas gets in a warm up session after the comp is called off for the day. Photo: ASP/Kirstin

A Mexican/American with no leg hair reports from the Billabong Pro Tahiti…

All business. That was the mood around the house yesterday morning. I woke up to find everyone already downstairs waiting on the call for the contest. Damo was scheduled to be in the first heat so him and a few other boys took a boat out to Chopes to wait on the call from there. The organizers of the event deemed the surf uncontestable so the mood lightened up quite a bit as we started making plans of the day. We wanted to go check the surf for ourselves so we packed up our boards and headed out. Waves were pretty fun with everyone getting a couple of waves here and there. Bobby probably had the session of the day so being that he was on surf high, I decided to try my luck. After all, I told you guys I’d try to get Bobby to do something crazy, so I challenged him to a bet.

Tahitian dancers marked the beginning of the waiting period for the 2010 Billabong Pro Tahiti. Photo: ASP/Kirstin

Tahitian dancers marked the beginning of the waiting period for the 2010 Billabong Pro Tahiti. Photo: ASP/Kirstin

The bet was somewhat of a physical challenge in which the loser would have to shave a part of his body. Bobby at the time had a full-grown beard so we agreed that if he lost he’d have to shave muttonchops on his face and keep them for the entire event. On the other hand, it was agreed that if I lost I would have to shave my legs. The physical challenge took place and it was somewhat debatable as to whom the winner was. Some of the guys thought I held up my end while others said it could have gone either way. Long story short, I now have no leg hair.

Owen Wright warms up for the main event with a double-hand-drag stall at small kine Chopes. Photo: ASP/Kirstin

Owen Wright warms up for the main event with a double-hand-drag stall at small kine Chopes. Photo: ASP/Kirstin

The rest of the day was mellow just like the day before. Bobby and I watched some fights, went for a run, and kicked it at the dinning room table. The rest of the guys played hackeysack, racquetball, and read some books. Besides the activities I mentioned, I’ve found that most of the guys are constantly stretching. I never knew how much work these guys put in to get ready to surf a contest but being here makes me realize that the WCT isn’t all fun and games. About an hour before dinner the rest of the guys all managed to make their way to the table and politics came up. The situation in Arizona, President Obama, gay marriage, and a few other topics were discussed. The waves were somewhat rippable today with an occasional barrel here and there, but it was pretty inconsistent. Contest is on call for tomorrow at 7am but the guys aren’t too optimistic about the conditions. Either way we’re waking up early tomorrow and taking the boat out in hopes that a magical swell appears. As for now it’s raining once again and we’re about to watch Oscar De La Hoya fight Felix Trinidad before calling it a night. I wish I could tell you that something ridiculously crazy happened but truth is the most exciting thing to happen today was a four dog melee in the front yard.—Manny Raya

The Tahitian Water Patrol gets warmed up for their role in keeping the Billabong Pro Tahiti contestants safe and in the care of professionals. Photo: ASP/Kirstin

The Tahitian Water Patrol gets warmed up for their role in keeping the Billabong Pro Tahiti contestants safe and in the care of professionals. Photo: ASP/Kirstin

Welcome to Tahiti! Photo: ASP/Kirstin

Welcome to Tahiti! Photo: ASP/Kirstin