Here’s a fun Waboba pic from Ben from Haikou.
Tag: Surfing Hainan Open
Here’s another video assembled from bits from the Surfing Hainan Open.
This was also my first chance to experiment with the “picture-in-picture” function in Power Director.
In this video you’ll see that all kinds of people were getting into the ball, including some military gentlemen and two of the world’s most famous surfers – Jarrad Howse and Big Wave Hunter Mark Mathews.
Who would have thought that a single videotape could cause so much trouble?
We had a fantastic time at the O’Neill Surfing Hainan Open, and recorded and documented everything on an HD camera, only to find that the crucial footage, including a mass Waboba bounce-off was all on a single tape that could not be found.
What’s worse is that the remaining footage is fantastic, so the Waboba footage probably was too. We’ll never know.
Here’s a video made up from the footage we have left, including the slightest hint of Waboba in the background.
For a better idea of what Waboba things went on at the event, watch the video inside this post here.
Notes from a Small Island
Sanya, Hainan, China
The Waboba pool at the O’Neill Surfing Hainan Open was a huge hit, but it is the ordeal that came before this that we’ll be talking about for years to come.
It was eight o’clock on the night before the surfing event and there we were on a tropical beach with a beautiful custom-made inflatable pool, ten metres long and three metres wide, and no feasible way of getting water into the pool.
Our intention had been to pump water from the sea, and we had with us an electric water pump and fifty metres of hosepipe. We had bought the pump online but found, on closer inspection, that it was designed for large fishtanks and ornamental fountains. The real problem, though, was that the sea just wouldn’t sit still.
For the pump to suck up water, we needed to submerge it somehow, but the sea was playing games with us, retreating down the beach as we approached, then crashing in again with such force it swept us off our feet. We were standing there with dripping plug and socket held in shaky hands. “I will electrocute you, weaklings,” whispered the sea as it sloped off back down the beach.
It seemed that all was lost until we saw a single light on in the distance, about a hundred metres away, in a row of half-finished villas. And there they were, the camel drivers, with two camels making camel grunts and baring their teeth in the light from the kitchen window.
The lady of the house scrutinised me in the half-light. “Are you christian?” she asked.
“My mother goes to church,” I said, unsure if this was the correct answer, but it seemed to do the trick and she led me through to the kitchen and pointed to an unassuming tap.
It was 6am when we finally turned off the tap.
When the surfing competition started at 8am, it was immediately clear that it had been worth taking the trouble. The pool was in use pretty much permanently during the two-day event.
Here’s a video of four guys who got seriously competitive and then upped the stakes by forcing the losers of each match to take a penitent dunking in the pool. They were really thumping the balls at each other.
You’ll find more pictures and videos from the O’Neill Surfing Hainan Open here.
The event runs from November 6th-8th and the Hainan Government is funding it generously this year, so there’s all kinds of new stuff going on, including this recent promotional photoshoot with big-name surfers Emilliano Cataldi, Erwan Simon, Holly Beck, and Sam Bleakley. For more pictures, click here.
The local government flew the surf maestros down to Hainan specifically to promote the Surfing Hainan Open and the Hainan Surf Festival, which are being staged simultaneously. They will be back again to take part in next month’s event. (Read more…)