The business end – The Long and short of it…
The sounds coming from the sea upon arriving at the beach this morning before the sun came up without his mates, the clouds, and without even the slightest whisper of wind made it more than obvious we were in for some serious semi finals for the 7th Deus 9ft & Single Log Fest. It was pumping!
We got the coffee on and busied ourselves setting ourselves up to bog down for what would end up being one of the most exciting days surfing we have ever experienced.
The eight semi finalists battled it out, one-upping each other until there were four. The four hit the water once more to battle for what would only be revealed that night at the Deus Temple.
But it wasn’t to end there. A quick whip around on who was at the beach and we fielded twenty eight who wanted to get up and surf in the Under 9ft & Single. A little something we dreamed up about three or four years ago to take advantage of the fact that we had one of Bali’s premier right-handers all to ourselves.
We split them into four eight people heats, but how to tell them apart. We had our four tees, one could always run one in skins, what to do with the other two? Pak Arthur then had the seminal thought to put them in the caps we had used for the Deus Womp Comp and with that we let the first lot slide out to the lineup.
Did I already tell you we had sick waves? With boards a few feet shorter we freed up the surfers to take full advantage of the conditions and they didn’t disappoint. Our only female entrant, Sierra Lerback, traded the boys wave for wave but with only two going through from each heat she wasn’t quite able to make it.
We sifted through the field, heat after heat with a packed beach and a beautiful day. The visual display was married with some great tunes and the continual verbal pistol-whipping Tyler, Lewie, Jared and Monty dealt out.
Once again it was down to the final four who hustled, bustled and rustled into everything that rolled in. For what was a made up on the spot friendly frolic these guys sure were keeping it real.