Billabong Pipe Masters 2012: Day 2
A notable television executive once said: “give me dramatic surf with winners and losers and the best surfers in the world at 2pm on a Sunday afternoon and you’ve got yourself a lucrative deal.”
Right. Like this ever happens. It’s called the Dream Tour for a reason. For more than a decade, the size and quality of surf - not size and quality of the parking lot or number of watching households - dictates when and where events go down.
‘Course occasionally planets align. Occasionally, right around 2pm on a Sunday afternoon, one might find the best surfers in the world battling
head-to-head in dangerous, barreling surf for careers and titles and money and fame and respect. Occasionally, there’s a Cinderella story (Seabass winning the Triple Crown) next to a former champ stepping out of the race (Fanning) surrounded by an ever-tightening world title race between a potential 12-time world champ and a perennial runner-up. (Kelly v Parko.)
This was today. Today was good TV.
If the final day has waves of similar quality to the first two, this will certainly be one of the most exciting finishes in the history of the ASP. Pipeline is typically one of the most crowded waves on the planet when it is this good. These guys are getting to surf with only a few other people in the water in flawless conditions.