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Watch: Noa Deane, Mason Ho, Creed McTaggart And More In “Stay Pool”

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Watch: Noa Deane, Mason Ho, Creed McTaggart And More In “Stay Pool”

Ahead of the first Stab High heat, the BSR Cable Park gave us a 24 hour window to play with their shiny toy.

Knowing well that chaos was to ensue had we opened the pool to our hungry hoard (not just the surfers!) without some kind of schedule, we drew one up allowing everyone an equal chance to feel it out.

Not only did invitees get a chance to stretch their jet-lagged pins, understand the peculiar roll in and refine their path to the final section, the performance bar was set (and pushed throughout the day). Throwaways turned into near makes, near makes into clean stomps. Everyone benefitted from the extra practice – except maybe for poor Hector, who met face first with the concrete floor during a foamie expression session.

According to many Dion stole the warmup show – interesting as he was one of the invitees who hadn't visited previously and came in as a long horse in the betting numbers we'd been seeing.

Creed Stab high

Here's Creed catching his breath from test riding/flipping. Photo: Corey Wilson.

Throughout the day guys like Harry Bryant, Chippa and Hector grabbed softies and bodyboards, while others opted to stick to their trusted aerodynamic thrusters. From the warm-ups it was clear, some of our competitors were taking things seriously, some definitely were not.

While we kept the main event under lock and key for those who chipped in a few pennies to watch the stream (you can still watch it here), our warmup footage has been sitting on drives waiting to see the light of day.

Now together with SurfStitch, we've spliced the Friday sessions together, to celebrate the release of their latest boardshort range...

So hit the triangle above for the Stab High prequel then slide this way to maybe meet with your next pair.

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