Monday, May 12, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Barrels rolled on the last day of competition at Barra da Tijuca.
Kelly Slater (USA) scored the first across-the-board Perfect 10 of the season on the opening wave of the day.
Nat Young (USA) struggled to find his feet, falling in the Quarterfinals to Slater.
Kolohe Andino (USA) had the best event of his career, making it to the Finals via his excellent tube riding.
Michel Bourez (PYF) found his rhythm at the end of Round 5, posting solid scores through the end of the event.
Bourez emerging victorious on a last-minute barrel ride.
Jordy Smith (ZAF) was on a run for an event-champ repeat but ultimately fell to the new champion, Bourez, in the Quarterfinals.
Andino kept pace with all the higher-ranking surfers with his progressive style and solid aerial game.
Andino heads up the beach with a new-found fan base.
Slater constantly adjusts to the changing tide, hitting barrels and aerials depending on what he needed to post good scores.
Praying for scores that would bring him his first title.
Slater congratulated Andino on a heat well-surfed.
Leaves Rio short of the Finals but first in the WCT rankings going into Fiji.
Bourez kept building momentum as he defeated event champs and World Title champs en route to victory.
Taj Burrow (AUS) held the lead in his Semifinal heat against Bourez but was eliminated when the Tahitian hit a big barrel at the end.
Bourez shows respect for Burrow as the Aussie leaves Rio with a third place finish.
Bourez preparing for his Finals heat against Andino.
Bourez found some of the last clean barrels in the Finals.
Andino gave his best in the Finals, fine tuning his aerials.
Bourez reigns champion of the Billabong Rio Pro, defeating Andino in the Final.
Andino couldn't shrug off the excitement of such a great showing in Rio.
Bourez leaves Rio with a trophy and 10,000 points
And that's a wrap!