Perfection came in 10 to 15-foot waves to Teahupoo for the opening day of the seventh stop on the Samsung Galaxy World Championship Tour. Four-time event winner Kelly Slater closed out the first round of the Billabong Pro Tahiti with a 9.0 ride.
"I’m so excited that I’m shaking. I need to calm myself down because I’m too excited," Slater said
. "It’s going to be a great week and I think it’s going to get considerably bigger than this.”
Australian three-time world champion Mick Fanning defeated Brazilian Alejo Muniz and fellow Aussie Mitch Coleborn for a Heat Four win. Yet another Australian rider, Nathan Hedge, scored the first Perfect 10 of the event as a wildcard entry.
Polynesian surfer and wildcard entry Taumata Puhetini was taken to the hospital for scans as a precaution after his wipeout on the reef break during his Round 2 ride. Puhetini is in stable condition and said to be in good spirits, according to ASP
With two rounds down and ten more to go, here are the Round 2 match-ups still to come in the Billabong Pro Tahiti:
Heat 3: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Mitch Coleborn (AUS)
Heat 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 5: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Heat 6: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Glenn Hall (IRL)
Heat 7: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Tiago Pires (BRA)
Heat 8: Fredrick Patacchia Jr. (HAW) vs. Aritz Aranburu (ESP)
Heat 9: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 10: Miguel Pupo (BRA) vs. Mitch Crews (AUS)
Heat 11: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) vs. Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Heat 12: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Be sure to tune back in for more results on the rest of the competition!