South Pacific lulls were once again the theme of the day Friday at Teahupoo during the second day of competition at the Billabong Pro Tahiti. While a lucky few were handed the rare gems, the majority of heats saw surfers struggle to break into double digit heat totals.
The small pulse of swell that got competition underway yesterday has faded faster than hoped, forcing contest director Luke Egan to opt for 35-minute heats to give both surfers a fair shot. Still, some surfers were sent packing in awfully frustrating fashion today, like Pat Gudauskas, who has to take his 3.40 heat total with him all the way back to California.
Some surfers were far more fortunate, especially Miguel Pupo, who, along with Yadin Nicol, enjoyed one of the day’s only wave-rich heats. Yadin performed well enough to win any other heat on the day, with a 16.97 heat score, but his bad luck continued as he fell to a possessed Pupo, who nabbed two of the day’s biggest tubes for a blistering 18.97 final tally.
The forecast is looking bleak for the next couple days, and the event is expected to go on hold for at least a couple days.