LOWEY loves the barrel, same as the other 31 chargers invited to this event. He can win if he beats the like of Rizal, JOB, Flynn Novak... Hell anyone can win this thing. Only slight flaw in his plan being the strip Lakey Peak tore off him a few weeks ago.
We caught up with Tom Lowe to talk to talk Tahiti, injuries and Indo. He's waiting for the green light at the Rip Curl Cup at Padang, a comp, like The Eddie, that only goes when it's on. Fortunately it has two big red blobs heading for it right now.
So what's the story with the injury?
Since we arrived, my girlfriend Janni and I have twice been to Lakeys in Sumbawa. Last month we had heavy waves out there which resulted in me getting hurt. I hit the reef hard at The Peak -- I was backdooring a four footer and she shut me down. It spun me out a bit when I looked down at this huge flap of skin flying around on my arm with all kinds of weird stuff coming out.
I hobbled up the reef to my girlfriend, I was swearing bad. Just knowing I'd be out the sea for the swell and maybe more got me down. A friend from the Canaries was waiting on the beach when we paddled in and he said he'd sort my arm out!
He had a stitches kit and a friend from Chile who was a doctor, I didn't think twice, in the middle of nowhere you have to go with your instincts and i ended up with ten stitches in my elbow. It would have been more but we didn't have the internal stitches, only ten to our name so pretty minor really.
Nearly three weeks out the sea, not so bad if you're at home, but at Lakeys it's torture. Time-out is hard, something I never get used to but you learn a lot when you're man down. Just that feeling again reminded me of how lucky we are and I've got so much respect for people with bigger problems.
Plus once your back out in the sea again though it's a whole different level of love.
© Gory photos ... Janni