OP Pro Boat Trip Challenge (2000)
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- OP Pro Boat Trip Challenge (2000)
- Directed by Sonny Miller and Matt George
Six of the best male and four top female surfers in the world competed in the 2000 Op Pro Boat Trip Challenge, which ran from June 5-20, 2000 in the Mentawai Islands, Indonesia.
Reigning world champion Mark Occhilupo (Australia), current No. 1 Sunny Garcia (Hawaii), Andy Irons (Hawaii), San Clemente’s Shane Beschen, Oxnard’s Tim Curran and Hawaii’s Bruce Irons will vie for the $65,000 winner-take-all prize, the most ever offered for winning a surf contest.
Two-time world champion Layne Beachley (Australia), countrywoman Serena Brooke and Hawaii’s Rochelle Ballard and Megan Abubo will compete for $35,000, the largest women’s purse ever. Each male competitor will receive a $5,000 appearance fee, equivalent to losing in the semifinals of a regular World Championship Tour event. The women will get $3,000 each, the same as a second-place finish in a WCT contest.
The event’s unique floating format--competitors will stay the entire time on boats--allows the fleet to move from spot to spot in search of perfect waves. Finding them isn’t a difficult task. The only problem is discerning the wind direction and heading off to the proper break, which boat-trip veteran skipper Martin Daley reportedly does as well as anyone on earth.
- Running Time: 42 Minutes
- Released: 2000