Big Barrels and Big Wipeouts on Day 1 of the Billabong Pro Tahiti
Everyone's been talking about this swell for a couple weeks now. Some people thought we might even have Code Red 2 on our hands. While we never thought it would get Code Red, we did know this swell was going to be big and it was going to be perfect.
And Day 1 certainly delivered just that - big and perfect Teahupoo, exactly what the boys asked for. From the first heat of the Day the performance level was incredible and when the day finally ended there was an energy amongst the crowd in the channel, unable to quiet after witnessing an amazing day of competition that ended with a perfect 10 from Nathan Hedge.
Take a look at the photos below for the stories from Day 1 of the Billabong Pro Tahiti.
In the first heat of the day Kelly Slater decided not to grab his rail on a meaty one and scored a 9.40 to win his heat. Photo: ASP
Taj Burrow found his form quickly in Round 1 and won convincingly over Brett Simpson and Adam Melling. Photo: ASP
Miguel Pupo on a very, very late drop. Photo: Pat Stacy
Sitting in third place on the world rankings, Mick Fanning put on a world champion performance with a 18.13 heat total. Photo: ASP
Joel Parko scored a 9.83 in his Round 1 heat only to have Ace Buchan snatch away victory in the final minute. No worries though, Parko found this gem to score another 9 and win in Round 2. Photo: Pat Stacy
Surprisingly, Michel Bourez has never won a WCT event on his homeland. After his Round 1 heat today, it is obvious this year might be the year. Photo: ASP
Nat Young suffered a dissappointing result in Tahiti last year losing in Round 2. Today he quickly found his rhythm and won his Round 1 heat to advance straight to Round 3. Photo: ASP
Owen Wright is no stranger to good results at Teahupoo and his surfing today proved he is once again a threat for the crown. Photo: ASP
CJ Hobgood on one of the scarier wipeouts of the day.
And Trials winner, Taumata Pahutini's even scarier flogging.
The waves pumped all day, but there was only one Perfect 10 and it belonged to the fearless Nathan Hedge.