Even though my last heat with AIRTON came off second best, it was definitely one of the best heats I’ve ever had In my life, just trading off barrels with Airton, not knowing whether he was going to make it, if I was gonna make it, or who was getting the better waves; it was insane.
There is no such thing as easy heat. When I came up against Paolino I was giving everything I had. I was winning and keeping the priority of the waves up, but then it all went wrong. I remember it was the last wave of the heat and I already had two good scores but I had a chance to change them and make something special.
That’s all part of the game, it’s a humbling experience. My passion has always been for the waves but I’ll take the shutdowns along with those glory moments. It’s what makes it such an incredible sport. “