Billabong Pro Teahupoo Tahiti Offbeat Prophecies

Billabong Pro Teahupoo Tahiti Offbeat Prophecies

Billabong Pro Teahupoo Tahiti Offbeat Prophecies

Brian Roddy’s prophecies

Brian Roddy lays out some analytics, guesses and gossip on the 2014 Billabong Pro Teahupoo.

Gabriel Medina is your current world number 1 and he’s there because he’s had unwavering, steel-like consistent year. There’s no question that Gabriel will become Brazil’s first world champion if he maintains this fiery pace, but our word is that he won’t. Watch for Gabe to make an early exit from the Billabong Pro.

Kelly Slater has been largely absent from the 2014 World Tour. He’s without an early season win for the first time since like 1932. Don’t look so surprised to see tears of champagne dripping down Kelly’s face when all is said and done. If not, he’ll likely slunp into even more apathy. Tahiti is a loaded event for the greatest surfer of all time.

– Brian Roddy -more-

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Billabong Pro Teahupoo Tahiti Trials Video

Air Tahiti Nui Billabong Pro Teahupoo Tahiti Trials Video 2014

Tuamata Puhetini and Nathan Hedge finished first and second. Here are a couple of videos showing some highlights from the Air Tahiti Nui Billabong Pro Teahupoo Tahiti Trials.

Billabong Pro Teahupoo Tahiti Trials Results

Billabong Pro Teahupoo Tahiti Trials Results 2014

Billabong Pro Teahupoo Tahiti Trials Results 2014

Trials Results

Taumata Puhetini edged out Nathan Hedge in the final of the Air Tahiti Nui Billabong Pro Trials. Puhetini and Hedge will each get a wildcard into the main event.

Kevin Bourez, younger brother of Michel Bourez, suffered a horrific wipeout in his Round 1 heat, going head-first into the reef. The doctor informed event organizers that Kevin is in stable condition, following four hours of surgery from multiple head fractures, as well as deep facial lacerations. He is being monitored closely and more information about his injury and recovery will be available in the next 24 hours.

Next Generation Teahupoo Chargers

Next Generation Teahupoo Chargers

Welcome to the Billabong Bloodlines trip to Tahiti with some of the world’s finest groms. Keep an eye on these guys–one day you might be picking them for your Fantasy Surfer team. And that could come sooner rather than later–these groms, including Jack Freestone and Taylor Clark, are in the trials aiming for a wilcard spot this year.

Red Bull 21 Days: Bourez and Hedge (Part 2)

Red Bull 21 Days: Bourez and Hedge (Part 2)

In Episode Two of the series, Nathan stocks up on good karma by teaching kids with cystic fibrosis how to surf, with the Mauli Ola Foundation. Meanwhile, Michel focuses on the task at hand by keeping his competitive axe sharp and training back home in Tahiti.

Billabong Pro Teahupoo Tahiti Trials

Billabong Pro Teahupoo Tahiti Trials 2014

The Air Tahiti Nui Billabong Pro Trials are set to run from August 9-12, 2014 at our favorite mutant wave. The winner of the event will get a wildcard spot in the main CT event set to begin August 15. The second wildcard spot will go to the top placing local.

Ricardo dos Santos won the trials in both 2011 and 2012 and had an impressive run at the main event in 2012, finishing 5th place after losing to eventual winner Mick Fanning in the Quarters. Dos Santos did some damage in the draw, eliminating Kelly Slater and Taj Burrow along the way.

Locals Internationals Billabong Surfers
Alain Riou
Jocelyn Poulou
Hira Teriinatoofa
Heiarii Williams
Manoa Drollet
Enrique Ariitu
Tuhiti Haumani
Tikanui Smith
+ 8 tba
Damien Hobgood
Ian Walsh
Anthony Walsh
Nathan Hedge
Bruce Irons
Kamalei Alexander
Bruno Santos
Koa Rothman
Ricardo dos Santos
Jack Robinson
Ryan Callinan
Josh Moniz
Seth Moniz
Griffin Colapinto
Taylor Clark
Alejandro Moreda

ASP J-Bay Open Surfline Power Rankings Ben Mondy

ASP J-Bay Open Surfline Power Rankings Ben Mondy

ASP J-Bay Open Surfline Power Rankings Ben Mondy

Ben Mondy’s Power Rankings

Ben Mondy gives his list of who was hot coming out of J-Bay as we look towards Tahiti.

Wilko needed this. Surfing needed this. We needed a goofyfooter to come out and change our views on what is possible at J-Bay. No one had done that since Occy, and that was a long, long time ago. That fact that it was Wilko, who provided the narrative arc of shitty results and eccentric acts, made it all the more satisfying. From the moment he took off on the first wave in his heat against Kelly and blasted him in the face with a controlled, confident and aggressive first turn, you sensed this was going to be his event. Perhaps surprisingly, it was his open face carves, and not his trademark tail releases that set up all his victories and it took a Parko 10 to stop him.

– Ben Mondy -more-