“What’s going on?!” — Matt Wilkinson, perplexed, after winning his second straight world tour event.
“After Wilko rung the bell, Micro walked off to a quiet corner and made a phone call to his wife Gemma, explaining that he might not be home for two nights. At Snapper, it was three” — Sean Doherty for Surfer.
“And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee”
“The Flat-Section Bog Rail Pro Brought To You By Slavery” — Rory Parker, Beachgrit.
“Yeah, why wouldn’t you? It’s way better than Bells!” — Kelly Slater, in response to the question, “Do you like Winki?”
“Err, it’s just ah, the history, and it’s a pretty good little venue to watch the action ‘cause everyone’s perched on a cliff. I mean it’s not the world’s greatest wave…” — Taj Burrow, when asked what made Bells Beach such a unique place.
“’Wilko’, as Wilkinson is known, surfed with typical refinement throughout the contest”
“It’s definitely looking really clean right now on the faces” — Strider Wasilewski on the final day of the men’s contest.
“As good as it gets” — Joe Turpel on the final day of the men’s contest.
“’Wilko’, as Wilkinson is known, surfed with typical refinement throughout the contest” — Fred Pawle takes a rather different, apparently non-ironic tack this time round in his contest write-up for the newspaper The Australian. Pawle wrote that Wilkinson “surfs like a yobbo” following the latter’s victory at Snapper, and was subsequently called out by Wilko on Instagram and subject to online abuse from Wilko fans. “His wide-kneed bottom turn is as refined as a nightclub dance move,” Pawle had written. “His approach to the lip looks as graceful as a suburban front-rower’s shoulder charge.” Typical refinement… Really Fred?
“Yeah, why wouldn’t you? It’s way better than Bells!”