Billabong Pro Tahiti

Making Waves: Top 34 Ramp Up for Tahiti

Paula Lehman

Tahiti is always alluring for the world's best surfers, but since July's big wave strike mission there, excitement for Teahupo'o, the island's infamous slab, has been sky-high. With the Billabong Pro Tahiti set to kick off next week, the buzz is taking a turn toward competition. Check out some of the biggest hits across the social world for the week of August 2, 2015.


WSL / Damien Poullenot/ Aquashot John John Florence ( HAW)

Who's that one guy? You know... Oh, right. John John Florence (HAW) is back, just in time for the Billabong Pro Tahiti. Set aside your fears of missing another mind-blowing performance by Florence in Teahupo'o, because earlier this week, Stab posted footage of the Hawaiian wunderkind hacking up Lower Trestles as part of his new film View From A Blue Moon. Looking pretty spry, Florence...


WSL / Will H-S Kolohe Andino

American country music singer/songwriter Luke Bryan just made Kolohe Andino (USA) very happy. The San Clemente ripper has had a rough season on the Championship Tour (CT) and the next stop is a doozy: The steep drop at Teahupo'o is unforgiving, to say the least. So Andino reached out. On Thursday, he tweeted, "Hey #LukeBox - can you sing a song to get me psyched for surfing Tahiti?" He asked, and he received! Just a few hours later, Bryan answered back with a sweet little jingle. And now you know what Andino's jamming to during his warmup.


On August 3, stuntman Robbie Maddison released "Pipe Dream," in which he rides Teahupo'o on a moto. The clip immediately went viral. Boards still rule in the WSL's book, but decide for yourself:


WSL ss dirt bike


WSL / Will H-S Kelly Slater, QF 4, 2014 Billabong Pro Tahiti