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Ex sarge, Billabong Pro Mundaka, Wednesday October 7th, 2004.
Victor RibasLIFE, and death, are SUCH gnarly things. Just three days ago, the ASP crew were gathered at blessed Hossegor watching the final day of the Quiksilver Pro France, in unbelievably epic waves and conditions, before a massive crowd basking in glorious sunshine. I personally consider that Sunday was the best day-long contest conditions that I have ever been privileged to witness in my 21 years on tour. It was like Sunset at it’s finest – six to twelve foot plus, majestically peeling across what are truly the finest sand banks in the world, all day long. We toasted the Brothers Irons as finalists and champions in their own right. Joy, exhilaration and stoke filled the air. It was mesmerising. Totally stunning! Today, Wednesday October 7th in Mundaka, it’s raining and we’re lethargically struggling, mentally and emotionally, with 3-5’ high tide conditions, but moving on through round one of the Billabong Pro Mundaka under skies that seem to match our dashed spirits. We lost a brother yesterday. Our photographer mate from West Oz, the mighty Twiggy, was found dead in the water at Hossegor. The French Coroner’s initial findings are heart attack. No words can explain to you the shadow of grief that has be-set us all here. We’ll get back to you later today with more details. In the meantime, please pray for peace for all, especially for Twig’s two kids and his closest friends.
GOD bless you, and us all.