Monday, August 25, 2014
Updated: Monday, August 25, 2014
Teahupo'o warming up for a historic day.
Teahupo'o delivered more epic conditions during Round 3.
Dion Atkinson (AUS) claimed the last nine-point ride of the day on his way to upsetting the reigning World Champ Mick Fanning (AUS).
Mick Fanning (AUS) faltered in a big way on his first takeoff and never regained composure. He was eliminated with a meager 5.94.
Fanning heads back to the channel after a disappointing finish to his Tahitian campaign.
Owen Wright (AUS) on a crowd-pleasing nine-point barrel.
Matt Wilkinson (AUS) struggled to find his footing in Heat 11 and ended his Tahitian campaign with the lowest score of the day -- a 5.36.
Wright eliminated fellow-Australian and travel buddy, Wilkinson with two excellent scores -- an 8.93 and a 9.43.
Kelly Slater (USA) on one of his five nine-point rides.
Jadson Andre (BRA) in the distance. Unfortunately for the Brazilian, he was matched up against an unstoppable Kelly Slater (USA).
Slater was all glory on his 9.57.
Kai Otton (AUS) notched the third 10-point ride of the event to route 2013 Rookie of the Year Nat Young (USA).
Nat Young (USA) held his own against Otton -- even notching one of the day's 10 nine-point rides -- but failed to overcome the point spread.
John John Florence (HAW) started small, only notching an excellent 8.77 on his Heat 8 opener.
Florence ultimately reached perfection, ending his heat with a Perfect 10.
Sebastian Zietz (HAW) calming his nerves in the channel.
Seabass scored two nines, but Florence's raid couldn't be matched.
In one of the biggest upsets of the day, Brett Simpson (USA) routed World No. 2 Joel Parkinson (AUS).
Brett Simpson (USA) and Joel Parkinson (AUS) line up for Heat 7.
Joel Parkinson (AUS) only managed midrange scores, which, on that day, wouldn't do the trick.
Gabriel Medina (BRA) getting centered before doing battle with an on-fire Nathan Hedge (AUS).
Nathan Hedge (AUS) gave himself a triple claim after this 9.27 ride to the channel.
Bede Durbidge (AUS) pumped after coming away from a tie-breaker with C.J. Hobgood (USA).
Kolohe Andino (USA) belted a 9.23 on his way to eliminating Mitch Crews (AUS).
Mitch Crews (AUS) tallied a disappointing 10.17 heat total as his Tahitian campaign came to a close.
Michel Bourez (PYF) kept Tahitian dreams of a local victory alive when he defeated Aritz Aranburu (ESP) by a 0.13 margin.
Defending event champion Adrian Buchan (AUS) tacked on a nine-point ride to his already stellar performance at the 2014 Billabong Pro.
Tiago Pires (PRT) opened the flood gates when he earned two nine-point rides in the Round 3 opener.
One that got away.
Atkinson looks back over the ledge.