Muscle and moaning and crippled waves…
The Hawaiian rookie Zeke Lau is, unlike most tour debutantes, neither wispy nor weak.
At Bells this year, Zeke was a “lion” who “monstered John” .
“It was thrilling and almost wincingly painful to watch, like a David Attenborough documentary where the elegant ruminant gets savaged by a lion then has its insides ripped out by a pack of hyaenas,” wrote Longtom. “The champ looked so helpless. All that insouciance at the Gold Coast was gone and in its place was a lonely blond-haired kid being frowned upon by an older man on the stairs who shook his head sadly as the siren sounded.”
The European leg of the tour, the most strategic of all, when the contenders close on the summit, was a little below par for Zeke. A thirteenth in France; a ninth in Portugal.
He is rated eighteenth in the world post-Euro leg, two spots above the fancied Griffin Colapinto and four above Yago Dora.
This three-minute short emits a tremendous effort, rails and fins pushed, amid the ramparts and so on of ancient Europe.
Watch if you feel suffocated by airs.