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2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photos by Steve Fagan  


2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photos by Steve Fagan

On my recent gig filming the X Games Surf segment, I had a chance once again to hang with Surfing's best of the best in Puerto Escondido, Mexico.

Brad Gerlach has taken a step down a path that not many pro athletes travel. He has taken his idea for a "Surf Team" format called "The Game" to fruition. This is the format that the X Games has adopted for the 2005 E.S.P.N. segment.

"The Game" is similiar to a Basketball game with 9 or 10 team members, complete with Coaches, four quarters, time outs and score boards. The coach has four scoring surfers each quarter with the top scoring wave of each player added to make that quarters score. With one team in the water at a time, timing is everything.

With "The Game" taking place at the Mexican Pipeline the coaches were supplied with jet skis to cruise up and down the lineup, calling time outs, positioning different surfers in the lineup, and moving surfers in the waves like a human chess board. Each player must have a score each quarter so if someone doesn't catch a scoring wave the total is going to suck.

I have had the chance to travel the world on numerous adventures with the crazyman called "Gerr". Three years in Teahupoo with Billabong Pro; Hawaii's Jaws, and France, Spain, Mexico, Oregon, with the Odyssey. To see his vision of "The Game", after years of hard work, come to be the format that the X Games has chosen is the best. Gerr's newly formed group, The National Surf League headed by Jeff Cutler, that puts on "the game", is developing a great concept that is exciting to watch and even more fun to be a part of. They have run "the game" over 45 times, each time refining the rules to make "the game" surf team concept better.

It's great to see Gerr, a pro surfer change from an extreme tow-surfer/rock star/celeb/world tour competitor to an inventor and promotor of "The Game" as well as the Event Co-ordinator-organizer, rule book writer and main cheerleader. Gerr is one of the top surfers. He was #2 in the world and here he is giving back to his sport with his idea of the surf team concept.

Brad Gerlach - 2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
Brad Gerlach
Team Mexico - 2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
Team Mexico
Mike Parsons - 2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
Mike Parsons

Rob Machado - 2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
Rob Machado
Taylor Knox & Pat O'Connell - 2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
Taylor Knox & Pat O'Connell

Jeff Cutler - 2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
Jeff Cutler
2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
 

2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
 
2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
 

2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
 
2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
 

Busy summer. I was working up in Tofino for the discovery channel on a docudrama called In Dire Straits, when I got the call to work the surf comp at the X-games.

The past 2 years the X-games and the surf comp was held at Huntington Beach in about 2ft waves, so the producers decided this year to have the surf game down in mex to insure huge waves and a spectacular surf event.

ESPN sent our crew down for 10 days to the Mexican Pipeline to get the best possible competion. Had some time to shoot some shots of the boys hanging out but was working the skis during the comp.

havasu - Jet Addiction
Photos:Steve Fagan - havasu@fidohiptop.ca

2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
 
2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
 
2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
 
2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
 

2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
 
2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
 
2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
 
2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
 

2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
 
2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
 
2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
 
2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
 

2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
 
2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
 
2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
 
2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
 

2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
 
2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
 
2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
 
2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
 

2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
 
2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
 

2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
 
2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
 
2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
 
2005 X-Games - Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Aug 2nd - Photo:Steve Fagan
 

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