Day 1 of the MEO Pro both thrilled and confused!
I spent the better part of this morning half-watching Portuguese heats while cooking eggs, bacon and waffles and ooooooo-ee it did not look easy. Big chunky bombs. Weird tubes. Confused surfers. Julian, Leo and Caio scored an 11 point heat total. Combined.
I am not about to spoil Longtom’s upcoming analysis with my droll musings (Spoiler: Mason Ho almost kicked Gab Medina out of title contention!) but there was one moment that caught my attention. Martin “Pottz” Potter, in the booth with Joey Turpel, was helping call a heat featuring the great Zeke Lau. Zeke took off on a very large closeout which exploded behind him filling the entire screen with whitewash.
It did look like a giant snowy avalanche and Turpel said as much to which Pottz responded, “Except in our avalanches you have to hold your breath too…”
By “our avalanches” it is assumed he meant surfing but it really made me wonder… Has Martin Potter ever seen the snow? What does he think happens in “their avalanches?” Soft powdery white surrounds skiers, snowboardings, mountain climbers like a cottony pillow? Underneath the blanket they serve tea and enjoy witty conversations?
Or was he talking about another sort of snow that people, generally surfers, breathe?
In any case, I was left greatly confused but also mentally planning a trip for me n Pottz to hit the slopes. Japan I’m thinking.