Professional surfing really doesn't get any better than this. After an epic day yesterday, Teahupoo got even better as 10 - 12 foot sets graced the lineup along with perfect conditions for the final day of competition at the Billabong Pro Tahiti.
Every heat saw 9 plus rides along with scary wipeouts, leaving everyone involved speechless...except for Kelly Slater who managed to say "this is the best World Tour event I have ever seen."
And he just might have been right, because if you watched John John Florence and Kelly Slater trade barrels in their Semifinal battle you will not forget those images for a long long time. Here's the photos and the video, with much more to be added.
Congratulations Gabriel Medina, the 2014 Billabong Pro Tahiti Champion. And a big congrats to Owen Wright, winner of the 2014 Andy Irons Award for his incredibly committed charging throughout the event.
A lot of unridden mutants rolled through the lineup today, prompting many to ask "do we need to tow?" Photo: Pat Stacy
Gabriel Medina put on an inspired performance in his Final against Kelly Slater to steal the victory. Photo: Pat Stacy
Kelly Slater put on a show from his first heat of the day, throwing high 9's all over the board. Photo: Pat Stacy
Massive amounts of spit were the theme of the day. Photo: Pat Stacy
John John Florence combined with Kelly Slater to put on the best heat of the day that ultimately ended in a 19.77 - 19.77 tie with Kelly taking the nod thanks to a Perfect 10. Photo: ASP
Kelly Slater was toying with Teahupoo but ultimately came up .03 short of another World Tour event victory. Photo: Pat Stacy
By the Final Gabs looked right at home. Photo: Pat Stacy
Owen Wright launched himself into every set wave he could find, rightfully claiming the Any Irons Award for the Most Committed Performance. Photo: Pat Stacy
Kelly says thanks to Gabriel for pushing him to the limit. Photo: Pat Stacy
Congrats Gabriel Medina! Photo: Pat Stacy
Rookie Dion Atkinson put on a show to come from behind and defeat an on fire Kai Otton in Round 5 and make the first Quarterfinal appearance of his career.
Just another one of John John's many jaw-dropping waves.