Twenty-one years ago today, Occy was standing on a Rio de Janeiro footpath sucking on a coconut bought from a street vendor, as Flavio Padaratz got the better of Mick Campbell in windblown Barra Beach waves, when a reporter came up and told him he'd won the world title.
Mission complete. The fairy tale too.
Old footage but let's roll the projector one more time:
Makes you realise how much pro surfing has changed when a title contender doesn't even know he's in the running for it.
Apparently Mick Campbell was in the running that year and lost all his boards before the event started . Either lost or destroyed by the airline or stolen in Brazil , can’t remember which. But you’d have to think that’d ratchet up the pressure you’d be feeling going into such an important moment. Not to having to ride strange boards.
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