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29.03.04 - MAKING EVERY DAY & SWELL COUNT - Chasing swell wherever it be.
- Pushy lineups become mechanised mania as big swell continues on the Gold Coast
- Joel Parkinson to miss Tahiti and Fiji for his child’s birth

- Quiksilver Pro winner Mick Lowe misses his own celebration party.
- Mick Lowe takes the world champ to win the Quiksilver Pro.


02.04.04 - BESCHEN TO MISS BELLS - A knee injury has Shane Beschen on the sidelines until Tahiti.
Ex sarge, Gold Coast, April 2nd, 2004.

AFTER a popular and hard-earnt return to WCT ranks, California’s Shane Beschen has been sidelined by a knee injury, and will miss next week’s Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach. Shane came unstuck surfing Kirra the day after the finals of the Quiksilver Pro three weeks ago, and tore the medial cruciate ligament in his left knee. The San Clemente legend who selflessly sacrificed heats in former years to push for significant points being awarded for new age moves, and who also holds the incredible and sole record of scoring three perfect 10 point rides in one heat, was understandably distraught after the incident.

Shane Beschen
The day after the Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast,
Shane tore his medial cruciate ligament surfing Kirra.

“I was pumping in this super thick Kirra thing and copped a section in the head and then got slammed on the bottom with crazy force. I was shattered just knowing straight away that I’d done something. I limped out of the water and later just cried for an hour just wondering what I’d done,” recalled Shane. There is not a surfer who wouldn’t have cried in Shane’s position. After failing to make the WCT cut two years back, Shane had surfed as a man on a mission through the WQS last season to rejoin the tour where he belongs, and to have incurred a major injury just one event into the 2004 tour was just heart-breaking.
Formerly having intended to holiday in Australia with his wife Sophia and young son Noah, whilst contesting the WQS leg through Maroubra, Newcastle and Margaret River, Shane swiftly flew back to California with his family for diagnosis and treatment. He took solace in the fact that his injury was restricted to the MCL, and no damage was done to surrounding cartilage. He is already walking, but still tender.
“As soon as I push my front knee down it’s no good, but I’m 50% there, and just looking at the positives. There’s few other times in the season when there’s only one contest in seven or eight weeks, so I could have missed a lot more. After a 33rd on the Gold Coast, and now missing Bells, I guess I’m starting the year with two of my three throw-away results. I’m not rushing it, but I can test how progress is going. As soon as I can twist and contort it a bit, I’ll be back in the water. I’m aiming to be in Tahiti for the Billabong Pro Teahupoo”, said Shane.

Sophia & Noah Beschen
Shane's beautiful wife Sophia and awesome
grommie son Noah were all set for a seven week
holiday Down Under, but it wasn't to be.

Meanwhile, former world champion and multiple Bells winner Sunny Garcia is finally returning from his knee injuries and has confirmed his entry in the time-honoured event, so we will be down just two of the Top 45 in Beschen, and Florida’s Shea Lopez, who continues steady recovery from his knee injury in Hawaii during the Pipeline Masters. As the rule for alternates goes, the first replacement is the next surfer on the WCT ratings from last year who missed the cut, and then the second alternate goes to the next highest WQS surfer beyond the cut there, so we bring in Luke Hitchings, and Troy Brooks respectively. The trials for the event, which include legend Tom Curren, will take place next Monday, and then the 10-day waiting period for the event starts the following day, April 6th.