It was 6.30 am and I was standing on the dock of the Teahupoo Marina waiting to jump onto Media Boat n°2 to shoot the first round of the '09 Billabong Pro. Surrounded by cameramen and photographers anxious to get out to the line up to cover all the action, I heard my cell phone ring.
" Tim, it's Kelly. I am at a hotel in town and I am taking the 9 o'clock flight out to Island to spend three days there." I moved out from the crowd and assessed the situation. I knew exactly what Kelly had in mind. I told him that I would find a boat and would meet him there around midday. I didn't quite know how I was going to pull it off, but figured I had a couple of hours up my sleeve.
Kelly knew that he wouldn't surf that day and he was gambling on lay days over the next two days of the waiting period...Read On