Somethings don't change though, boys and their toys, will never change. Some of the trusty steads were mighty fine.
I was quite keen to buy the long Paipo board but the owners and salesmen seemed a bit reluctant to part with it, I clearly wasn't down enough with the scene.
Conditions weren't ideal for product testing, apart from the swim suits and hats which were thoroughly put through the paces in some testicles shrinking frigid soup.
There were no shortage of takers for the expression session.
The mood of the competitors was generally relaxed without much heat tactical mind voodoo going on.
A variety of athletes, equipment and warm up techniques were on display to the not unsubstantial crowd who were free to mill around with the athletes as well as collect autographs.
Below: A couple of Belliest returning from a free surf earlier in the day.
When heats started and finished there was carnage in the water. From a distance it looked like old people walking in and out of the sea with coffin lids, an OAP equivelant of the recent London Riots. The elderly being so worried about all the government cut backs on healthcare, they feel the need to keep the coffin lid with them at all times incase their local council is too broke and bury them in an open casket. Traumatic at a glance for the casual dog walker on the coastal path who stumbles across such a spectacle.