Calm/Storm. Tomato/Tomato. Potato/Potato... I seem to be learning a lot of lessons in Virginia Beach, hmm. If you have no idea what on earth I am rambling about read about the last few days below & you'll be filled in. Now, as I said about this morning it was way too calm. Everyone was way too collected, and the weather was way too perfect. When you are running a live webcast at an event like this, there has to be a control room of some sorts. Lots of people sitting on computers, talking to camera men out on the beach on their headsets... All very technical stuff. In this particular case, 'Command Center' was in a closet sized room they built under the judges tower out of plywood and pipes... Therefore I quickly began calling it the 'Computer Cave.' Well, the cave is small, hot, crowded, and extremely dark. So as you can imagine, after a few hours of working in the cave you are ready to pop your eyeballs out of your own head. This resulted in me running a small lap around the contest site on the hour, every hour just for the sake of fresh air, sunlight, and movement. Below are some of the things I encountered on these miniature field trips... Including Vans team riders Dylan Graves and Andrew Doheny finally getting their turns to surf. Oh, and did i mention Andrew totally killed it in his Pro Junior heat and will be moving into the quarter finals tomorrow? Well, he did. Although by the time he did I think I was so delirious that I was cheering like soccer mom. Hmm... that was probably embarrassing. Nonetheless, amazing job to the judges, comentators, crew, and surfers today. We ran 12 and a half hours of straight contest to get as many rounds done as possible. The final call will be made tonight but it looks like Hurricane Irene is barreling right at us. Cheers to sleep, and another day of it tomorrow before the storm makes landfall.