Small and inconsistent surf at the Billabong Pro Tahiti has prompted event organizers to call a lay day. With the field narrowing, each heat has increasingly significant implications that call for better waves.
"It's definitely a beautiful day but there are really slow, inconsistent sets," said WSL Commissioner Kieren Perrow. "We won't be running any heats today because there's just not enough coming through and not enough opportunity. We've also got a good looking forecast so we're going to go off for the day and come back tomorrow."
The first 20 eliminations have been decided at the Billabong Pro Tahiti, with the opening two rounds and the first eight heats of Round 3 in the books. The event has already seen huge heats unfold: The top two surfers on the Jeep Leaderboard, Adriano de Souza (BRA) and Mick Fanning (AUS) were eliminated in Round 3 by wildcards Bruno Santos (BRA) and Aritz Aranburu (ESP). A superheat between John John Florence (HAW) and Gabriel Medina (BRA) featured six performances that were scored in the nine-point range, with the 2014 World Champ emerging victorious. Read about all the drama and see each scoring wave with the condensed heat videos or the event heat analyzer.