On May 4th, at 7am, The Wedge was already pumping. Hundreds of pro and amateur photographers and videographers were pointing their lenses towards the most popular peak in Newport Beach.
The conditions were simply great. Despite the lack of that warm summer sun, the barrels, wipeouts and stormy close-outs that made The Wedge famous were there. Don't complain. Just enjoy.
The good thing is he survived the beast. Mark Healey had never seen Puerto Escondido pumping waves this big. He paddled out from the harbor, got the wave, made the drop, and almost got fully barreled. Eventually, he was forced to pull the eject button.
Healey revealed later that he was lucky to have his life vest on because a three-wave set was coming up on the horizon. Reports tell that Mark was the only surfer to successfully ride a wave this morning.
In the all-Australian final, Burrow used his experience to wait for the best wave. He was requiring an 8.16 and found an 8.60 that would give him the win.
"Such a fun event but that was a serious final with Ethan really pushing me all the way, and I really had to try my hardest to take the win," expressed Taj Burrow.
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