Despite a slight decrease in the swell, the second day of the Billabong Pro Tahiti saw spectacular rides and bone crushing wipeouts. Here are five moments that need to be seen again …
Josh Kerr goes HAM
In the first heat of the day, air-guy-turned-hellman Josh Kerr went HAM (hard as a motherfu—ker) in throttling Teahupo'o barrels. Kerr defeated fellow Aussie Mitch Coleborn after bobbing and weaving his way through the treacherous Teahupo'o “West Bowl” and coming out with a cannon of spit. Kerr used to be known as more of an “air guy,” but in the last couple of years has earned a reputation as a legitimate threat in waves of consequence.
Sebastian Zietz channels Andy Irons
The late great Andy Irons was the best ever at Teahupo'o. Hailing from Kauai, he took on Teahupo'o with wild abandon and won the Billabong Pro Tahiti twice before his untimely passing. Taking a page from the Andy Irons playbook, fellow Kauaian Sebastian "Seabass" Zietz took off steep and deep to nail the highest scoring ride of the second day in windy afternoon conditions. Built like a linebacker and showing no fear, Seabass would have made Andy proud.
Aritz Aranburu shows off his barrel skills
One would assume that Basque surfer Aritz Aranburu would be an underdog, given he was going up against hard-charging Hawaiian Fred Patacchia. Wrong. What a lot of people may not realize is that Aritz calls Mundaka his local break. A reeling, ultra-hollow left, Mundaka is actually quite similar to Teahupo'o (minus the razor sharp coral reef). Aritz bested Freddy P in Round 2, a.k.a. the “round of death,” and sent notice to the rest of the field that he is a legit contender at Teahupo'o.
Bede bodysurfs the West Bowl
"I don’t know what I was thinking trying to bodysurf out of this one today," joked Bede Durbidge on his Instagram account. All jokes aside, Bede's fins engaged too late on an ultra-late backside drop, and he paid for it with a spectacular wipeout. However, the big, tough Aussie bloke shook it off, paddled back out under his own power, and knocked Glenn Hall out of the event with two successful rides.
Teahupo'o wipeouts on the first day
I know, this is on the first day, but c'mon, it's a wipeout montage! One of the most powerful and deadly waves in the world, Teahupo'o makes sure that wipeouts are a major part of the equation. After a few scares, thank God nobody was seriously injured.
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