DESPITE two days building retaining walls with earth-moving equipment, at 4am this morning, 10-12' walls of foamy Atlantic Ocean came in without knocking and literally pulled the rug out from the Supertubes contest site.
WPS photographic guy Peter Wilson was up in the dark and first on the scene: "The force of the waves caused damage to almost all the contest infrastructure. Huge shipping containers being used for offices and storage were actually floating through the site as the water washed through. Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage was been cased by the huge seas to audio, video and computer equipment as well as structural to the buildings."
"We really wanted to run today, but the site structure at Supertubos is too badly damaged today and the conditions at Lagido never materialized," Damien Hardman, Rip Curl Pro Search Contest Director, said. "We're still seeing plenty of swell on the forecast and better weather so we'll be back at Supertubos tomorrow at 8am tomorrow."
COMPETITORS AREA: Hasn't looked like this since Rod Kerr and the boys commandeered the booze tent back in the 80s. The 30 Year Storm, as local TV news are calling it, was a devastating blow to the staff who spent weeks setting up the mini tent city, As they say in Ireland - 'Oceans, fire and governments know nothing of mercy.'
BEANBAGS: Why is it that only cheap stuff floats? Computers and speakers are out on the bottom making a new home for the local lobsters, while the beanbags are safe.
All washed up
DONKEY: Not seen since the storm. Not feared drowned either. People only really check on it every couple of days so it's probably fine.
BOMB: Taylor Knox, current No 9 on the 2009 ASP World Tour ratings, made the most of the enforced lay-off by towing into bombs near the backup site of Lagido.