Billabong Pro Tahiti Presented By Air Tahiti Nui: Day 1 At Teahupo'o
Top 5 waves of the day at Teahupo'o; photo and video highlights
It's been a less than stellar week here in Tahiti; really windy, not a lot of swell, and an ugly brawl in the water between Jamie O'Brien and Ricardo Dos Santos. But it seems to be taking a turn for the better as of today. The bright Tahitian sun is shining, the water is crystal clear, babes in extremely small bikinis are lounging in the channel, and the Hinanos are flowing. Things are back to normal here.
Thursday, the first day of the 2013 Billabong Pro Tahiti waiting period, dawned sunny with little to no wind, and a clean 3-4′ west swell. While a bit inconsistent, when the waves did come through, they were the stuff dreams are made of—not too scary but enough juice to keep you on your toes. What's interesting when it's this size is that there's not a lot of separation between the surfers—everyone can make the drop and get barreled at four-foot Chopes. That's not to say there weren't any standouts…see below for the top five waves of the day:
Top 5 Waves Of The Day
Anthony Walsh is a beast in barreling lefts and proved it when he dropped the first perfect ten of the event with his super deep tube ride in an early morning matchup against Kolohe and Parko. Despite his ten, he had no backup wave and ended up in third. It's called "The Curse Of The Ten." For the fin geeks out there (like myself), Anthony was riding a quad with a little “guitar pick” trailing fin ala Kelly Slater.
John John Florence
As John John's caddy I'm obviously biased, but the judges seemed to be on the same page and gave John a nine on his late drop to backside barrel. "I barely caught that thing," he said after winning his round one heat. "I can't figure it out, every wave I got was a super late drop," he added. Don't be fooled, he's doing that on purpose to add some pizazz.
Kolohe isn't the first name to drop when you're talking Teahupo'o but the young buck got a great wave in his matchup against Joel Parkinson and Anthony Walsh. The young regularfoot from San Clemente rode on the foam ball nearly the entire wave and finished with a solid smash off the whitewash. "Brother" earned himself a 9 for that one.
It wasn't the highest score of the day but we love when guys go right at Teahupo'o. It's punk rock and baffles the judging panel. "The swell is really west today and if you have that opportunity, you can go right," said the big Saffa.
The West Oz whiz kid took an elevator drop into the pit, lost all his speed, and somehow recovered in time to get spit into the channel to the tune of a 9.07. “I pushed myself over the ledge and squeaked through, so I'm stoked!" said Yadin.
It sounds like the Billabong Pro Tahiti will run again tomorrow in conditions similar to today. Stay tuned to the TransWorld SURF instagram account at transworld_surf for live reports and updates from the channel, and yes, we will be documenting the bronzing Tahitian babes.
BILLABONG PRO TAHITI ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 10.67, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 10.63, Nat Young (USA) 3.13
Heat 2: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 15.07, Taj Burrow (AUS) 13.80, Nathan Hedge (AUS) 10.00
Heat 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.93, Alain Riou (PYF) 11.33, Travis Logie (ZAF) 6.57
Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.06, Kolohe Andino (USA) 15.17, Anthony Walsh (AUS) 14.83
Heat 5: Kelly Slater (USA) 14.00, Ian Walsh (HAW) 13.83, Brett Simpson (USA) 9.43
Heat 6: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 15.77, Mick Fanning (AUS) 10.60, Jocelyn Poulou (PYF) 8.80
Heat 7: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 16.60, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 10.60, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 10.00
Heat 8: Yadin Nicol (AUS) 14.07, Michel Bourez (PYF) 13.13, Kai Otton (AUS) 12.67
Heat 9: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 12.16, Alejo Muniz (BRA) 11.87, Josh Kerr (AUS) 11.37
Heat 10: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 13.50, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.27, Adam Melling (AUS) 11.10
Heat 11: John John Florence (HAW) 16.57, Julian Wilson (AUS) 11.17, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 2.17
Heat 12: Damien Hobgood (USA) 13.16, Filipe Toledo (BRA) 6.93, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 2.60
BILLABONG PRO TAHITI ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.37 def. Jocelyn Poulou (PYF) 10.50
Heat 2: Ian Walsh (HAW) 12.40 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 8.00
Heat 3: Anthony Walsh (AUS) 15.43 def. Nat Young (USA) 13.10
Heat 4: Alain Riou (PYF) 12.03 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 11.77
BILLABONG PRO TAHITI REMAINING ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 5: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Nathan Hedge (AUS)
Heat 6: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Patrick Guduaskas (USA)
Heat 7: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Alejo Muniz (BRA)
HEAT 8: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
HEAT 9: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA)
HEAT 10: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
HEAT 11: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Kolohe Andino (USA)
HEAT 12: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)