The Assn. of Surfing Professionals’ next event on the world tour schedule was the Rip Curl Search somewhere in Indonesia.
The location is top secret, and it always seems like they come up with killer surf.
In ’05 it was at Reunion Island, ’06 in Mainland Mex at Barra, in ’07 in Chile at Arica. This year, I think I figured it out: Uluwatu. The top 44 surfers in the world went there last week and ran right into a perfect swell for some jamming 8- to 12-foot peeling lefts over the reef. By the finals it did drop more in the 3- to 6-foot range but was still firin’. Two Hawaiians were ready to battle it out.
Freddy Boy Patacchia from Oahu and Bruce Irons from Kawuai both did some damage. On the way, Patacchia took down hot Aussie Joel Parkinson, No. 2 in the world standings, in Round 4, then up-and-coming Aussie Kai Otton in the quarters and Portugal’s Tiago Peres in the semis, who actually knocked out, guess who, the points leader, eight-time world champ Kelly Slater in an earlier round.