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5 Things To Know Before Watching Surf100 Mexico

1. Go to the bathroom *before* the event starts.

Words by Michael Ciaramella

Surf100 Mexico is just three sleeps away.

At 6 pm California time* on September 2nd, Dane Reynolds, Mikey February, and Mason Ho will paddle out at a wave-rich, human-deprived Mexican point. Or at least that’s how it will feel when you tune in live.

Without giving too much away, here are five things we can tell you about what happens over the subsequent 100 minutes.

1. There are a lot of waves ridden. Main perks of an empty lineup? You can sit where you want, surf how you want, and know that even if you fuck up, the next wave is yours. This is our general experience for Surf100 Mexico, where Mikey, Mason, and Dane had the lineup to themselves. This resulted in a total of 49 waves ridden over the 100-minute period, which averages out to a wave every two minutes. This will be a blink-and-you-miss-it experience for our viewers, so sit back, relax, and put those greasy fingers to work (for judging, of course).

2. One surfer refuses to ride his shortboard. The rules of Surf100 Mexico require competitors to ride not one but two types of surfboards: a standard, high-performance thruster and an “alternative board” of some sort. For reasons we can’t yet reveal, one of our surfers refused to ride his thruster. It’s just like JOB in Freakside baby, burn the rulebook!

Fahrenheit100.

3. This is the first time Mason Ho will ride something other than a …Lost in competition since 2016. Mason is one of the most loyal pro surfers we’ve encountered, famously refusing to wear a wetsuit that wasn’t Rip Curl when surfing in the unseasonably frigid waters of Salina Cruz earlier this year (seriously, it was mid-60s and all he’d wear were his Mirage boardies). This same loyalty extends to his lifelong foam daddy, Matt Biolos of …Lost Surfboards, whose equipment Mason has ridden in every surfing event since 2016, when a Victorian mega-swell forced Mason to snag a Chilli from the rafters of Rip Curl’s Torquay shop in order to compete in the Bells event (he rode that board to victory over the then-eigning World Champ Adriano de Souza). Anyways, it was all …Lost since then, until Surf100 Mexico came around, and Mason couldn’t pry himself off the EAST-winning Au Go Go from Morning of the Earth Surfboards (aka Simon Jones). He did round out his Surf100 quiver with a …Lost Driver 2.0, though.

4. The event will be commentated live by a former Surf100 winner. There are two options — recent CT-winner and last-second requalifier, Jack Robbo; or the Tour vet and inaugural-Olympian, Kolohe Andino. Who do you think will occupy the chair next to our revered host, Selema Masekela?

5. One of our viewers will walk away with two brand new surfboards. Keeping with Stab’s live-scoring standards and procedures, we’re going to incentivize critical, focused judging by giving our best judge two brand new surfboards — one from EAST-winning shaper Simon Jones, the other from 436 billion World Title winning brand Channel Islands. All you have to do is score the closest to our head critic throughout the entire event and you’ll go to sleep two surfboards richer.

Watch the live show here, Sept 2 at 6 pm California time.

Aka…

9 pm in New York

11 am (Sept 3) in Sydney

9 am (Sept 3) in Perth

2 am (Sept 3) in London

4 am (Sept 3) in Tel Aviv

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