On Tuesday afternoon, prior to his Round 1 heat, the media area was in shock at the early round attendance numbers. When Slater appeared from the competitor's area, an alleyway constructed of human bodies guided his path to the waterline. The buzz only increased with each round. By Sunday morning, the final day of competition, with the quarterfinals scheduled to hit the water, every inch of the 14-acres of sand reserved for the U.S. Open circus was blanketed with bodies. The aerial shots give the contest site the appearance of an ant hill in the midst of an evacuation.