Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Updated: Monday, August 10, 2015
Entering the competition as a wildcard, former WCT campaigner Nathan Hedge (AUS) earned the first Perfect 10 of the 2014 Billabong Pro Tahiti on a huge drainer in Round 2.
Edging closer and closer to 10 with each ride in Round 3 -- having bagged an 8.77, a 9.67 and a 9.93 to start -- the judges ultimately awarded John John Florence (HAW) the second perfect score of the event.
As a historic Round 3 raged on, Kai Otton (AUS) threaded a draining barrel for another Perfect 10 in the following heat.
Owen Wright (AUS) capped off his 10-point ride in Round 5 with what became another frequent occurrence during the event - an enthusiastic claim.
Bede Durbidge (AUS) dodged the foamy depths of this Teahupo'o tube to notch a Perfect 10 on his third wave of the first Quarterfinals heat.
Kelly Slater's first 10-point ride helped carry him into what would become a Semifinal for the ages against John John Florence.
Slater went on to win his Semifinal heat against Florence by earning another 10, this time on his opening wave. Slater's Tahitian dream also included a mind blowing 14 nines.