The social event of the decade, the Surf Europe Sausage Sizzle went down in fine style at Hossegor’s famous Nori Boy in late August. Swinging hipsters, hallowed hepcats, cuties, hotties, the performer of the greatest turn in the history of professional surfing, surf biz power brokers and bigwigs and an assortment of beautiful and happy people came to keep it real inside the venue normally more associated with luncheon than rock n’ roll. The Plague (Griff, Howie and Elmar) rocked the spot with a marathon set widely described as ‘their best ever’, playing from within the very bowels of the Nori kitchen, even improvising with the use of soup ladles and the like being used to bang the drums. A delighted crowd including two-time ASP world champion and three-time Pipemaster Tommy ‘the thighmaster’ Carroll, young Hawaiian pros Dustin Barca, TJ Barron and Dustin Cuizon even got in on the musical vibe and hosted and impromptu jam session with French photog Dimulle’s ukulele, whilst WCT rookie Adrian ‘Ace’ Buchan took care of all matters sausage outside helping Archibald man the bar-b. Later, when the yellow August moon was high in the night sky, someone (Carwyn Williams) stole all the remaining cases of Foster’s, while someone else (Hawaiians) tea leaved the remaining 5kg of merguez, but hey, it’s a dog eat dog world out there.
The next day Aussie veteran Mick Campbell took out the biggest QS event of the year, the Rip Curl Pro Super Series, in front of a delighted beach crowd at Estagnots, while select members of the crowd and online commentary team nursed sore heads, but wished it could be SE sausage sizzle every weekend nevertheless!
Extra special thanks to Neil from Nori Boy for lending us his place of business, just out of the goodness of his heart.
Photos by Timo