Kelly, mais uma vez, mudou o surf

…A year ago, almost to the day, Kelly debuted his self-shaped 5’6 Wizard Sleeve at this very event. It was a flop, the critics said, and Kelly’s decision to ride it in his round two heat with Julian Wilson, a sure sign of senility…

…“Last year I was fucking cooking him for riding that thing, now I’m doing the same thing,” laughed Matt Wilkinson, following his round two loss to Dean Morrison. He’d ridden a 5’7, quad fin almost identical to Kelly’s Wizard Sleeve. And well in the sucky conditions. His jams off the bottom into the roof had been some of the best of the event. His loss: more a result of nerves and inexperience than anything else.

“Last year I was fucking cooking him for riding that thing, now I’m doing the same thing,” laughed Matt Wilkinson

According to Wilko, the idea behind Kelly’s design was genius. “They definitely let you surf a lot faster and let you do tighter turns. You can throw fins and where you would usually catch a nose on the way down and not be able to get back up for the next turn, with these there isn’t much nose to catch.”

…Pat (Gudauskas)had ridden a 5’10 (two inches shorter than his normal board) similar to Al Merrick’s Whip model; a derivative of Slater’s Wizard Sleeve.

Pat Gudang

“I think it is (tied to the rise of progressive surfers). I rode this today because it allows me to do more fin-outs and airs,” he said before admitting, he too had spoken ill of the board in the beginning and “a lot of guys owe [Kelly] an apology.”…

I would have asked him about it, only he sidestepped the media tent after his win over Roy Powers, leaving me pen raised and open mouthed

…It wasn’t only the tail-high generation that were hopped up on Kelly’s wiz stick formula. For his round two heat, three-time champ and former foe, Andy Irons cradled an Al Merrick Whip, though with a rounded square instead of the traditional swallowtail. I would have asked him about it, only he sidestepped the media tent after his win over Roy Powers, leaving me pen raised and open mouthed…

…New moves, new records and new boards; is there anything left for Kelly to redefine in surfing? I think we all know the answer to that question. – Jed Smith para a Stab

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