Billabong Pro Tahiti Power Rankings: Derek Rielly

Billabong Pro Tahiti Power Rankings: Derek Rielly 2014

Billabong Pro Tahiti Power Rankings: Derek Rielly 2014

Derek Rielly’s Power Rankings

Derek 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.

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Billabong Pro Tahiti: Day 1 Photo Blog

Billabong Pro Tahiti: Day 1 Photo Blog 2014

Billabong Pro Tahiti: Day 1 Photo Blog 2014

Day 1 Photo Blog

Andrew Lewis runs us through a series of amazing shots from an amazing Day 1 at the Billabong Pro Tahiti at Teahupo’o.

If every fan of sport could have a chance to witness the ASP Top-34 (plus 2) charging perfect 15-foot Teahupo’o, surfing might be the biggest thing in the land.

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10 Things Mitch Crews Hates About Teahupo’o

10 Things Mitch Crews Hates About Teahupo’o 2014

10 Things Mitch Crews Hates About Teahupo'o 2014

10 Things Mitch Hates

Mitch Crews gets brutally honest about the brutally menacing mutant in Tahiti.

All the people that are not surfing are all people from the surf world that will judge the absolute shit out of you for everything you do. So if you kook it, you’re a kook. If you charge, you’re the man etc. etc. Basically you can’t fuck up and look like a fool–everyone will laugh at you. So for someone like me, a first timer with little confidence, it’s crucial I select waves that I can get drained easily inside my comfort zone and build from there. Then hopefully not look like a peanut in front of everyone.

You would hope to think that with Chopes being scary and heavy, there would have to be some sort of loophole to make it a little more friendly, like the reef not being too sharp. Wrong… no loophole… The reef is sharp as hell–you just brush it and you’re done. Pissing blood and lime in your cuts.

I’ve experienced Teahupoo the past few days around 6-8 feet solid. It’s been scaring the shit out of me. It’s looking like for Monday during the event waiting period it’s going to be 10-12 feet. Yay.

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