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Rip Curl Newcastle Pro, Day Three: “In a sport held hostage to tourism money, integrity and progression are the easiest oxen to sacrifice to the God of Mammon!” – BeachGrit

Retrogression was a theme on day three of the Rip Curl Newcastle Pro. Conservative surfing was highly contagious, meat and potatoes surfing won heats.

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Retrogression was a theme. Conservative surfing, highly contagious.
Big old day, classic QS-style meat-grinder pro surfing in classic QS-style surf.
We were informed that the daily mailout from the judges expressed a strong preference for progressive manouevres but for long, long stretches it was meat and potatoes that won heats.
Retrogression was a theme, so I went back over a decade to the Rip Curl Search at Puerto Rico’s Middles break. The last comp where Andy Irons, a still oft cited figure…

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