Billabong Pro Tahiti Power Rankings: Derek Rielly 2014Derek Rielly gives his Power Rankings after the Billabong Pro Tahiti as we head into the Hurley Pro at Trestles.
|1. Gabriel Medina||6. Taj Burrow|
|2. Kelly Slater||7. Mick Fanning|
|3. John John Florence||8. Bede Durbidge|
|4. Kolohe Andino||9. Nat Young|
|5. Joel Parkinson||10. Josh Kerr|
With a theatrical innocence, Gabriel threw aside bravado for studied consistency. Gabriel knows. He knows that Mick Fanning has won three world titles from a shadowy, do-what-it-takes-to-win-but-never-more approach. He wasn’t there to make online viewers or channel jockies clap their hands and shriek with delight. Leave that to Owen Wright, to Kai Otton, to John John and Kelly. And so for the week of competition, Gabriel caught two medium-sized waves in every heat, rode them as well as a wave could be ridden, but never so close to the edge that he might fall off, and beat the Greatest Athlete ever.
– Derek Rielly -more-