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Feb 20th
03:22 pm
"But he smiled all the way through it..."  

I don't want to spend too much time on this because we've really moved on to other things, so just a few words...

Basically I was frustrated that the event planners seemingly did not do a sufficient job preparing for even the most likely problems and the mishandling of media coverage didn't help either.

It probably shouldn't have bothered me as much as it did. Maybe it was just because it seemed like a few small preventative steps could have averted the drama and left everyone more satisfied, things like having real crowd control, a weather contingency plan, and better setting up what Zac was doing there, i.e. no he's not there to learn to surf (duh, he already knows) and no he's not there to surf for the cameras (which the pros didn't do either as far as I know)... he's there to help out.

It was unfortunate that some people were rather disappointed and frazzled by the whole thing, in particular Annette Sharp. And that because Zac is the name, no matter what good intentions he came into the event with, he is the one on whom all the blame was transferred... unfairly.

Of course, in a situation like this the negative stuff tends to come first and then the good responses trickle through later. That is what has made me feel better about it over time. Finally some of what was really happening and how crazy it was came out. In particular, this radio interview came up...

So that was just really lovely to hear. Typical that he'd make the best of it. I am determined to do the same, lol. Anyway... that added some perspective and I appreciated it. Also, if you want to see Peter Harvey's original report (in which his pants went nuts) click here.

In another interview, Hamish and Andy talk to Layne Beachley about the crazy event:

Source: Twitter and FB (some via ZF)

Also there is a story about the event from one of the participants here.

FYI: I posted the Bondi interviews and other video with additional event pics from the restaurant here.
Mood: cheerfulcheerful
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Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on February 20th, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
pretty uneventful day.

why is it that people on facebook whom you barely know or have never met in person find the time to wish you happy birthday but your "friends" can not when you know well and good they're active on the site. I even have a friend who shares this birth day and one of my friends sent her a wish but not me.

makes me sad. and what ever happened to a phonecall??
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators): birthday beachehs_wildcats on February 20th, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
:( i didn't know it was your birthday till you mentioned it, but i am happy to provide you with more spam!! <3

here have a cupcake:

zaccy23zaccy23 on February 20th, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday. I'm sorry your friends are disappointing you today. I can totally relate. This is the first year a lot of my good friends forgot mine. But it's okay. Enjoy your day for you and be thankful for the friends and family who did remember:) Plus you are way too awesome to be upset on such a great day!!!
butterflybee260: pic#92303818butterflybee260 on February 20th, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)

Happy birthday Matty! :D
vilain_garcon on February 20th, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC)
happy bday!
IceGoddess: cover boy dirty little secretccmskatechick on February 20th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
Ugh ugh ugh that's ass - I'm so sorry.

Know you've got some people here that think you're all sorts of faboo. Happy birthday!
Audrey: zefkylijah on February 20th, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
i dont know you, but anyway.. Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great one and many happy returns.

People suck sometimes, I'm sure your friends will come through tho!
It's Audrey not Aubrey: Tizaudrey_za on February 21st, 2010 01:46 am (UTC)
Happy birthday again (and sorry about my confusion earlier)!
jessica3311: Learn to ridejessica3311 on February 21st, 2010 05:22 am (UTC)
Happy birthday Matty!!!! Hope u have an amazing one!!
germangirl89germangirl89 on February 21st, 2010 10:40 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday from me too... I just hope I am not too late... stupid timezones...