Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Updated: Sunday, August 24, 2014
Solid, clean conditions prevailed for Round 2 of the 2014 Billabong Pro Tahiti.
Californian Brett Simpson won his first WCT heat of the year during the sudden-death match at Teahupo'o.
Brett Simpson, unofficial jersey caddy.
Josh Kerr faced off against fellow Aussie Mitch Coleborn in Round 2, and found some deep tube time to take the win.
Hawaiian tube guru John John Florence put his skills to the test at Teahupo'o, avoiding elimination and moving into the third round.
Raoni Monteiro, however, didn't fare as well. The Brazilian was bested by Florence, ending his competitive run in Tahiti.
With this Round 2 wipeout, Aussie Bede Durbidge became one of the many pros who took tumbles in the jaws of Teahupo'o.
Julian Wilson (AUS) and Tiago Pires (PRT) were neck-and-neck throughout their Round 2 heat. Ultimately, Pires topped the young Aussie by a razor-thin margin of just .17 points.
Miguel Pupo (BRA), ready for Round 2 in the busy channel, crowded with curious fans.
Julian Wilson, paddling on a tough day of competition for the talented Aussie.
Aritz Aranburu, getting pitted at Teahupo'o. The Spaniard scored an impressive 9.23 during Round 2. The ride helped him edge out Hawaiian Freddy Patacchia in one of the closest heats of the day.
Despite Ross Williams's misgivings about Mitch Crews (AUS) in big Chopes, the Tour rookie did just fine. Start 'Em.
Crews savors the Round 2 win in a chat with Rosy Hodge.
Miguel Pupo (BRA) lost his heat, but not without a few good barrels under his belt.
Hawaiian Sebastian Zietz (HAW) wowed the crowd -- and the judges -- with a gravity-defying drop in the mouth of Teahupo'o.
The annual Billabong Pro Tahiti is one big party for sea-faring fans.