KAI OTTON GETS ONE WITH SAUCE. BY ALEX WORKMAN
“We call it the pie hunt,” begins Kai Otton as he explains the events leading up to this wave a few clicks south of his northern beaches abode. “I won’t surf in Sydney that much at all but instead save it up for a little strike mission north or south and just live off coffee and pies for three days.”
Hailing from Tathra on the sapphire end of the south coast, Ottz grew up on a stable diet of bakery treats and heavy water. So when the whiff of a fresh south swell was on the horizon he was the first to be marshalling the troops at dawn.
“You know you're in for a good laugh and some serious sunburn on these trips,” says faithful lensman Troy Simpson who was enlisted on this latest call of duty. “Kai gets so frothed up for these swells – or anything rideable for that matter – and it's super contagious.”
This humdinger was only his second wave of the session and is a testament to a life spent chasing down falling anvils. Ottz managed to stick to his feet as he knifed his way into a familiar track, soul slouching under a concrete slab before the smouldering barrel spat him into the channel leaving him cloaked in a thick coat of euphoric bliss.
“I'm pretty sure Kai still had his feet in the wax when he boasted to us he was holding a 19.5 heat score,” laughed Simpson who was on the receiving end of Ottz’s heat analyser as he kicked out.
After three back-to-back quarterfinal results on the CT this season the tour veteran admits that the south coast is the perfect proving ground for anything that gets thrown at the tour elite.
“Anywhere south of Sydney is good training ground for the tour,” says Ottz. I mean even Cronulla and Voodoo are exactly like Fiji and Chopes on some days of the year. You just get used to heavy water on that coastline and the local guys push you. They all charge. That’s just how it is down there.”
Judging from this curtain falling moment you can safely assume the bragging rights went to Ottz whose peers we hope at least shouted him a good old fashioned south coast pie for his efforts, with tomato sauce of course.