Tyler Warren won the whole shebang with Justin, Al, & Jared coming in hot after in a tight last heat. Full results, photos & recap coming soon!
We're 10 minutes into heat 2 of the final day of The Duct Tape Invitational LIVE from Salinas, Spain.
There is so much to be said about yesterday, but for the sake of all interest, let's cut right to it.
Joel let his troops loose on the shores of Salinas and the crowds began to gawk with excitement. The boys and girl, Kassia Meador of course, kicked things off proper with shuffle-free noserides and 60's-esque style. Unlike those beaches where showing up with a log gets you more dirty glares than smiles, the people of Salinas welcomed leashless singlefins to their lineups with open arms. Giving the locals a big show and advancing for their performances was Robbie Kegal, Justin Quintal, Alex Knost, Clois Donizetti, Tyler Warren,James Perry, Harrison Roach and Jared Mell. Rumored rides of the day involved the names Robbie & Harrison, but come to think of it, Knost scored a perfectly peeling right and so did Tyler Warren. With picture perfect waves and breezy offshores throughout the day, good vibes flowed smoother than the endless supply of Amstel Light until the night's end.
Words Jenna Klein & Photos Todd Glaser
Day one was a good time. Of course it was. See you at the same time tomorrow for the webcast.
Here's who will be competing tomorrow:
Best Shared Wave - Justin & Robbie
Best Shared Wave - Al & Kassia Meador
Best Shared Wave - Tyler & Oliver Parker
Best Shared Wave - No dice in this heat.
We just got done with the rider's meeting this morning in Spain. The Duct Tape Invitational kicks of at 2pm local time Friday, 5amPST and 8amEST. We'll be doing a down-and-dirty webcast from the beach.
Adventure Drawing via Pickle
The Duct Tape Invitational starts tomorrow - er, ah, today…in a few hours! We spent the whole day driving. “Oh, Salinas? It’s ‘ah two a’ hours, my friends!” By no stretch of the imagination is it two hours. We can go ahead and round to six hours. What a drive, though. It was gorgeous.
Ok, so this morning when we were all ready to roll out - all cars were packed - I say, “Who’s driving our car?” Al looks over and says, “Me. I am totally driving. Wait. I am not. This is a stick. Ha!” We had a car full of people who couldn’t drive stick all sitting in the passenger seats with a vacant driver’s seat. Fortunately, one of the cars hadn’t left yet. Reagan popped out and saved us from ourselves.
Hey team manager, can you manage to get us there? Yuk, yuk.
Madison made sure the mini-van was totally go pro’d.
What else? Scott threw an orange at Dane’s car. Both cars were chased by a bunch of screaming Italians who thought they were the target of the drive-by-fruiting. Todd mooned us, then gave us a thumbs up.
We had jet-fuel coffee for lunch. Scott tried to get a sandwich with some sort of vegetables on it. Too much to ask. Dane looks at Scott’s plate and says, “Do you know what looks good? Not that.”
The point is that the ham & cheese sandwich is chucked onto the dash. That’s how you have to do it. Casual.
The bull awaits.
Today was the first of sun & good waves we've had. It was like everyone exploded. The whole crew was in the water all day. Run in. Grab food. High tide. Back in. Dude, at dinner I promise you the restaurant crew looked at us like we were animals, we ate so fast. That junk hit the table & it was gone like some mad David Blane weirdo magic. Like, straight up, Dane, did you order anything? Oh. Sorry. I didn't see it. But probably because I was face down in my plate. Big day. We're growing kids, you know? Yeah. Can't beat today with a stick.
Todd Glaser photos whooo whooo!
Alex Knost & Tyler Warren
Yesterday evening, Joel's friend Michel took us to check out the next town over from us called Guéthary. It's an old whaling village. (Don't worry, they don't do that anymore. Except on Fridays. Just kidding.) Michel told us that 500 years ago people got into the equivalent of canoes to go out on the water and hunt for Moby Dick and his bros,"That's ok, you guys go ahead without me in the canoe to get the whales with the sticks! I'll totally catch up with you guys later."
Al has actually been to Guéthary before. He says it's usually a pretty fun wave. Right next to the little harbor, it's easy to find for those of you who'll want to give it a shot in the area. After we had our fill of Basque culture, we got some lunch at a rad spot. I swear the fish I ate jumped out of the ocean and onto my plate.
One thing you'll get to know fast if you travel with us, is that we roll with 90 cameras. Japanese tour group-style. Let's see...yesterday I had mine, Nolan had two or three film cameras, Scott had one, Al had his film one, Michel was shooting film, too. Hey, we like to document.
This was the best. Someone was practicing their English cursive. I think they nailed it by the last one, don't you?
There's a shop between Biarritz and Guéthary that only sells handmade boards, Wallako Surf. We stopped in to check it out. The owner lives right next door so he came over to say what's up. Andrew was coveting this one.
The French call this, "Le Plante des Cigarette." It's a common gift in this part of the world for Bastille Day, Christmas, or simply being born.
Good news. Looks like we're leaving for Spain in the morning. Duct Tape Invitational practice starts tomorrow.