Fred Patacchia Jnr (HAW) posts a near perfect 9-point ride. © ASP/ Kirstin
Hawaiian Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), a former finalist at Teahupo'o, has set up a Round 3 clash with another former Teahupo'o finalist, Aussie Mick Fanning (AUS), after Patacchia today defeated Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15.50 points to 9.67 points.
Freddy was looking solid, combining some nice tube rides with some searing rail carves, to completely dominate the heat over Durbidge, and along with rookie John John Florence (Haw), is flying the flag proudly for the Hawaiians.
Conditions may not be death-defying, but they are still spectacular for surfers competing in the 5th event of the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, The Billabong Pro, underway at Teahupo'o in Tahiti.