In game one, O.C. took the win with some action-packed surfing.
San Diego came up with a big win in game two, forcing the tiebreaker.
In a super-tight nail biter, O.C. had some heavy hitters like Pat
Gudauskas, who busted out an 8-point-plus ride in the first half with
a radical tail-out move, and took the first-half lead with the help
of his teammates. In the second half, O.C. went with an all-star
lineup of former World Championship Tour surfer Pat O'Connell, H.B.'s
Brett Simpson, Danny Nichols and Shaun Ward -- all tearing it up and
racking up the important team points too.
A late surge by U.S. champ Rob Machado, pulling a 9.5, and "the
Stanger" Che Stang, getting an over-8 score, couldn't turn the tides
as O.C. took a close 103.25-100.25 decision.
So it's two years in a row that the Octopus has taken the title
with excellent surfing and the depth of the star-studded team.
Laguna's O'Connell was awarded MVP of the game and the season with
his big slashes and a couple of insane roundhouse cutbacks to help
clinch the title for the O.C.
San Diego's Machado got the most radical award with some of his
crowd-dazzling waves and was the standout of the Sea Lions' squad.
That's it 'til next season, but there should be some TV coverage
of the events soon.
Over at the Billabong Pro at Teahupoo, the waves have been a
perfect 4-to-10 feet, spitting barrels over the reef. History was
made as six-time world champ Kelly Slater scored two perfect 10s in
the final for 20 out of 20 possible points.
Slates was on a roll throughout the event, getting lots of perfect
scores on the way to beating C.J. Hobgood in the quarters and Taj
Burrow in the semis. In the final, Slater had a super-late drop
freefall, landing sideways but somehow holding on in the barrel,
somehow recovering, still getting deeper and deeper, then getting
spit out and making it, catching one of the best waves ever ridden in
the history of the ASP.
Slater later said it was one of the highlights of his career and
one of the heaviest barrels he's had, making him a three-time winner
Second was Damien Hobgood, who was also ripping insanely, beating