Hawaiian super freak Jamie O’Brien has added another prestigious title to his list of achievements by winning the Air Tahiti Nui – Von Zipper Trials in HEAVING 6-8ft slabs at Teahupoo in Tahiti.
He defeated talented Brazilian goofy footer Bruno Santos in an epic final that saw the Hawaiian steal the lead in the dying minute with a perfect ten point ride.
He was the standout performer of the day, scoring two 10-point rides on the way to the final and a near perfect 19.93 out of 20.00 in his Quarter Final. Both O’Brien and Santos will be awarded wildcards into the Billabong Pro Tahiti main event which runs from the 8-18th May.
To read more about what could well be one of the sickest three days of surfing in history check the news section. If you haven’t seen the opening round video or the monumental tow in session, check out the video. You won’t be disappointed!
Heat 1: Danny Fuller (HAW) 18.33 def. Dean Bowen (AUS) 16.50
Heat 2: Jamie O’Brien (HAW) 19.23 def. Germain Tuataa (PYF) 10.17
Heat 3: Tamaroa McComb (PYF) 17.33 def. Dylan Longbottom (AUS) 12.80
Heat 4: Vetea David (PYF) 12.84 def. Taumata Puhetini (PYF) 10.47
Heat 5: Bruno Santos (BRA) 15.40 def. Heiarii Williams (PYF) 15.10
Heat 6: Stephan Koehne (HAW) 15.67 def. Laurie Towner (AUS) 14.50
Heat 7: Kalani Chapman (HAW) 16.14 def. Wade Goodall (AUS) 8.50
Heat 8: Damian Wills (AUS) 16.33 def. Anthony Walsh (AUS) 9.57
QF1: Jamie O’Brien (HAW) 19.93 def. Danny Fuller (HAW) 9.20
QF2: Vetea David (PYF) 13.10 def. Tamaroa McComb (PYF) 11.30
QF3: Bruno Santos (BRA) 18.47 def. Stephane Koehne (HAW) 11.17
QF4: Damien Wills (AUS) 13.17 def. Kalani Chapman (HAW) 4.67
SF1: Jamie O’Brien (HAW) 15.47 def. Vetea David (PYF) 14.00
SF2: Bruno Santos (BRA) 18.87 def. Damien Wills (AUS) 17.76
Final: Jamie O’Brien (HAW) 18.50 def. Bruno Santos (BRA) 17.43