Billabong Pro Tahiti Daily Blog: Day 7 And Still No Surf
“I ain’t going to no lagoon. Have you ever seen that movie Blue Lagoon? Crazy shit happens there.” With a few of the guys “over it” and not going on the long boat ride to the lagoon, the trip got cancelled. On the bright side, everyone’s crashing out tonight with hopes that the contest will run tomorrow. It seems reports are coming through indicating that there may be a jump in the swell over night. Good thing too because the ocean was beyond flat today. The ever-hopeful Damien Hobgood rallied the boys together to go out for a surf this morning but once they got out to Chopes they made a quick u-turn back to the house. This being the second day in a row without surf, everyone was pretty antsy so activities ruled the day. Bobby went for an early morning run while the rest of the boys went for a swim. I went next door to hit the heavy bag and when Bobby got back from his run he came over to help me work on my form. Not many people know it, but he’s as passionate about boxing as he is about surfing or maybe even more.
After hitting the bag for a while we went to the event headquarters to try to download some fights to watch on youtube. The place we’re staying at gets really bad reception so we have to drive to avoid being cut off the internet every five minutes. Internet service here is so bad that last night some of the guys staying around here went on a stealth mission to try to move the wifi transmitter so that it would face our direction. I guess the mission had to be aborted though because people kept walking by forcing our internet technicians to get out of dodge.
The rest of the today was spent watching boxing matches and watching Bobby teach the guys some boxing techniques he picked up at the Primo Boxing gym back home. As I mentioned earlier, Bobby’s pretty amped about boxing so after watching him shadow box the fellas said they were “frothing to give it a go”, and we all went next door to hit the heavy bag.
Once next door, Nate Yeomans, Damien Hobgood and Tanner Gudauskas all took turns swinging away at the heavy bag as Bobby watched and corrected their technique. Tanner turned out to be the most natural boxer of the group except he had a problem throwing the left hook. Bobby explained to the guys how there’s very little movement of your arm when throwing the hook and how it mostly comes from moving your body all in one fluid motion. “Nah don’t throw that looping shit. That’s all arm punches. You wanna sit low and keep your arms tight. Throw the punch by turning your body with it. It’s a simple little move but if you throw it right guaranteed it’ll knock someone out”.
To show the guys how it’s supposed to be done we came back to the house and watched the Felix Trinidad versus Fernando Vargas fight. If you haven’t seen it the fight is pretty sick. Vargas gets knocked down in the 1st round only to come back and knock Felix down in the 4th. After getting hit with a few low blows, Vargas ends up getting dropped two more times in the 12th to end the fight. Watching the fight stoked the boys out on boxing to the point where they were claiming that they wouldn’t mind it being flat tomorrow so they could get some more lessons. Say that as they may, the boys were beyond happy when they heard that there may be some waves on tap tomorrow, because in all reality these guys came here for one reason and one reason only. They didn’t come here to go to waterfalls, they didn’t come here to go to lagoons, they sure as hell didn’t come here to learn how to throw a proper hook, these guys came here to get barreled and hopefully tomorrow that’s just what they’ll get.—Manny Raya