Mr Irrelevant Brock Purdy ‘fights’ the waves in his surfing debut
Irrelevant Week may be coming to an end, but not before Mr. Irrelevant himself has had the chance to disappear on the waves of 30th Street in Newport Beach.
The traditional surf lesson took place on Thursday morning, around two dozen family members and supporters were on hand to see beloved Brock Purdy get up on a board.
Although the conditions didn’t cooperate, the judges got even tougher as Australian surfer great Peter “PT” Townend held up the scorecards for every attempt to ride the waves.
Purdy, who said he has some experience in water sports, was trying his hand at surfing for the first time. As competitive as quarterbacks can be, Purdy wasn’t going to give in easily, but for the first hour, the highest mark he got from Townend was 4 out of 10.
“I was just surfing whitewash and all that, but if we had bigger waves, maybe I could bump that number up like a 7 or an 8,” Purdy said.
Don Harrell, a cousin of Purdy who lives in San Clemente, spoke about the surf conditions as he watched the former Iowa State quarterback and his sister, Whittney, make their surfing debut. Harrell’s daughter Camryn was significantly more successful as the more experienced member of the trio.
“They realize it’s harder than it looks, and even though it’s one-foot waves, it takes a bit of skill to get in and out and ride them. “, said Harrell. “The wind does not help them. The instructor, as good as he is, it’s still super hard to get him into a real wave in such conditions.
” They fight. You see how hard Brock fights for some of these waves. He is determined. He said to me last night when we were together: ‘I’m too competitive. I’m sure to get up, so I’m going to make it,” and he did. He has. We have the famous Peter Townend, ‘PT’, the judge, doing the scoring, so we’re having a great time. Brock and Whittney are, for starters, pretty good.
Purdy, drafted with the 262nd and final pick in the NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, was lucky enough to be part of the team that drafted his father, Shawn, when he traveled to the Angels Tuesday. The Angels suffered a 12-11 loss in 11 innings, but Shohei Ohtani homered twice and had a career-best eight runs.
After a hectic Lowsman banquet on Monday night, Purdy headed to Knott’s Berry Farm on Tuesday. On Wednesday, he appeared in the studio for NFL Network before ending the evening with a pub crawl around town. He also had a meeting with the Newport Beach junior lifeguards on Thursday.
“For this week, it’s a celebration, really, for me and my family, and so I’m just having fun with it,” Purdy said. “We all benefit from it. We are very grateful to the entire Irrelevant Week team, the Fitch [family] and everyone who created this event. We’re very grateful, I think, more than anything, and we’re just having fun with family friends we haven’t seen in a long time here in California.
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