This storm would have make Bodhi aka Patrick Swayze (R.I.P.) froth at the mouth. You can hear Parko’s disbelief while onlooking as surfers get blown off the waves and sets start to break hundreds of yards out like Tavarua in Fiji. The storm hit Bells Beach just about an hour after the final at the Rip Curl Pro, nearly knocking out much of the scaffolding and banners erected for the contest.
Now if Rip Curl would have just held off, this would have made for an even more exciting final–messy and dangerous…but still epic.