a few holdouts still wearing their spring suits. The early morning
offshore winds have even contributed to the wind chill factor in the
But all in all, it's been pretty nice, and the waves have been
I was talking to my buddy Perry Putnum, formerly of Huntington
Beach and now residing on Kauai. He says they've been picking up a
couple 20-foot-plus swells over there already, and some of the outer
reefs have been breaking.
Those of you who know Perry, know he's a big wave charger, with
lots of big wave guns to ride. He says it's a humbling experience to
see old Mother Nature get so giant out there. Sometimes, you even
have to wait for the surf to drop a bit before you can paddle out.
You gotta be in pretty good shape, too, just so you don't drown.
Perry also said he saw Surf City pro Branden Tipton over there
just a while back ripping it up. So, the islands are picking it up
and what's leftover hits our West Coast.
Speaking of Hawaii, the next two events on the World Tour are
there, the Rip Curl Cup at Sunset Beach Nov. 24 to Dec. 7 and the
X-box Pipeline Masters at the Banzai Pipeline Dec. 8 through 24.
Aussie Taj Burrow is tearing it up in the 2- to 3-foot-plus surf
in Brazil and has put another notch on his victory belt, taking a
close one over fellow Aussie Mick Fanning. The two new schoolers were
battling it out. Taj took it with an eight point ride in the final.
The win has boosted Taj to No. 3 in the world standings. No. 1 in the
standings, Hawaiian Andy Irons, lost to Taj in the quarterfinals, and
No. 2 in the world standings, Australian Luke Egan, lost to Mick in
The U.S.' Shea Lopez is 10th, Hawaiian Kalani Robb 11th, Corey
Lopez 12th and C.J. and Damien Hobgood 13th and 14th, while Kelly
Slater is 15th.
Hawaii should be the true test for the next world champ. We'll
have to wait and see.
The last event of the Foster's Cup Tour was the O'Neill Cold Water
Classic up at Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz last weekend.
The surf was small by standards for up north, at 2 to 4 feet,
'cause the Lane can be macking if the right northwest swell hits.
There were some good rights off the point though, with a couple
connecters in the mid-50-degree water.
The Santa Cruz contingency claimed it, with former world tour
surfer Adam Replogle blazing to the win. Anthony Ruffo, veteran
backside ripper of Steamer's, placed second.
The air show was won by San Diego's Eric McHenry, who busted a
couple sick airs in the final and won the event and the whole series,
A few of the brave Huntington locals made the trek up north,
getting to the semis. Placing equal seventh was Huntington Beach High
whiz kid Brett Simpson.
That ends the high school team's 2002 season. The United States
Surfing Federation is next up, with an event at Pleasure Point, Santa
Cruz this weekend.
Brrrrr, that's it for now, see ya!