Hawaiian favorite Sunny Garcia had just unexpectedly lost to Mark Occhilupo, opening World Title hopes for the two up-n-coming Momentum Generation friends and rivals.
Conditions were excellent. Machado and Slater were having the time of their lives in the empty lineup. After one set, Machado altered his course to high-five his friend on the inside.
In the moment, it was simply an act of surfing joy between friends. But after Slater won, and continued on to claim the title, he commented that Machado probably should have kicked out and maintained wave priority.