The Billabong Pro Tahiti, Event No. 6 of 10 on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), completed Round 1 and the opening four heats of Round 2 today, with the world’s best surfers taking on racy three-to-five foot (1.5 metre) barrels at Teahupo’o.
John John Florence (HAW), 20, current ASP WCT No. 14, continued his impressive return to form today, putting in a dominant performance in a relatively wave-starved heat. The Hawaiian prodigy opened his Tahitian campaign with an excellent 9.07 barrel ride, quickly followed with a 7.50 for three ferocious backhand turns. Florence’s success left Julian Wilson(AUS), 24, and Miguel Pupo (BRA), 21, in need of a combination of scores at the end of the heat.
So how was your summer?
Good! It was long, but I had so much fun. I was in California for a while and there were a lot of ups and downs, but it ended on a really good note with a win at the Supergirl Pro in Oceanside.
Was that one of your best results of the year?
Yeah, it’s my best result of the year. I’ve kind of had a weird year on tour and I haven’t been getting the results that I expected. I’ve had some good heats here and there but I haven’t been able to flow through a whole contest. I was just coming off being super bummed after getting a 13th at the US Open, but it got me really motivated for Oceanside. Everything just seemed to flow a lot better there and yeah, I’m really happy with the result. I’m still two places off from re-qualifying through the ‘CT, but now I’m in third place on the ‘QS with only two contest in my score line, so I’m in a pretty good place.
Day one is ON! See the heats inside. Surfs 3-5' and spinning down the reefs.
The world’s best surfers will resume this season’s hunt for the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Title this week at Stop No. 6 of 10 on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Billabong Pro Tahiti, held at the world-famous, lefthand reed pass of Teahupo’o from August 15 – 26.
Commencing the second half of the 2013 ASP WCT season, the Billabong Pro Tahiti will reignite this year’s battle for surfing supremacy and two-time ASP World Champion (2007, 2009) and defending event winner Mick Fanning (AUS), 32, leads the ASP Top 34 as the current frontrunner.
Pic: Shaun Tomson © Dan Merkel
1977 World Champ and Author Surf Culture kicks into high gear in the country at the beautiful Turtle Bay Resort.
Talk Story series at Turtle Bay features 'Great Stories For Great Causes'
Turtle Bay's Talk Story series launches 'Great Stories for Great Causes' which will donate all ticket sales to non-profits. Cultural icons on the ticket include: Shaun Tomson, Clyde Aikau, Rodney Mullen, Don King, Mike Prickett and other. See whats coming and what you do not want to miss.
Our reusable and nostalgic tin lunchbox is designed with your ocean-loving kiddos in mind. With charming characters and helpful hints on how to keep the beach clean and happy, this 7 1/2" x 6" x 3" lunchbox can easily hold reusable bags, containers and bottles. Not only will your kid be the first to carry a Surfrider Foundation lunchbox, they might just inspire their classmates to protect and preserve the beaches we all love!
Contest organisers at the 6th stop on the 2013 ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) Men’s World Championship Tour are confident of starting the Air Tahiti Nui Billabong Trials at Teahupo’o, Tahiti tomorrow, with official event forecasters, Surfline, calling for a small/short-period SE swell.
The annual trials tournament decides the final two wildcard spots into the Billabong Pro with the elite field made up of 16 international invitees plus 16 local Tahitians, all reputed for their dedication to riding Teahupo’o and the world’s most fearsome breaks.
The iconic greatness of Duke Kahanamoku’s legacy will be honored and the enduring magnificence of Waikiki Beach’s sports heritage celebrated with the 12th Annual Duke’s OceanFest, taking place August 17-25, 2013.
Presented by the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation (ODKF) with support from numerous community-minded sponsors, Duke’s OceanFest will offer a variety of exciting ocean sports competitions and special events during the nine-day festival.
Kiwi surf legend Allan Byrne has passed away after failing to recover from head injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident, in Bali, Indonesia.
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