Wade Goodall, an act of desperation, Tahiti
You wanna know something about desperation? You can’t blame a professional surfer with a taste for solid waves, for wanting very badly to qualify for the Billabong Pro, Tahiti. So, when you’re gifted a golden ticket into the trials, you do what you must. Even if one of surfing’s most dangerous waves is frustratingly small […]
You wanna know something about desperation? You can’t blame a professional surfer with a taste for solid waves, for wanting very badly to qualify for the Billabong Pro, Tahiti. So, when you’re gifted a golden ticket into the trials, you do what you must. Even if one of surfing’s most dangerous waves is frustratingly small on the day the trials are held.
Take, for example, Wade Goodall here. Ever seen someone go right at Chopes? Or, better yet, ever seen someone go right at Chopes and throw a frontside roter? Stab guesses not. But, as Tahiti-based photog Domenic Mosqueira tells us, Wade’s act of bravery “says a lot about the conditions. Guys had to pull all kinds of tricks out of the bag to get through, but barrels still got the scores.”
Barrels still got the scores. And always will at Chopes. As it were, Wade didn’t do enough and the wildcards were given to Brazilian Ricardo Dos Santos and local Tahitian Alan Riou. Watch them take on the 34 in two days’ time.
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