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Event Preview: Tahiti Pro

Slater threading a Tahitian beast in 2014

With J-Bay a distant memory, and the putrid taste of Huntington still souring our collective mouths, it’s pretty easy to get excited about Teahupo’o. It will be interesting to see how the tour elite handle going left, especially when it’s double-overhead and 1′ deep. Traditionally, Tahiti is where the world title picture starts coming into … Read more

2019 Fantasy Surfing Preview

So, we’re here. The new WSL season is upon us. Before we dive in for another 9 months of pro surfing across 8 countries and 770 heats (men and women), we thought it might be worth covering the various changes that 2019 will bring. Fantasy Of course we’re opening with this. If you played FSS … Read more

Preview: Tahiti Pro

“(at Teahupo’o) There is nowhere to hide and nowhere to run” – Joel Parkinson Event and Forecast If J-Bay is one of the most respected waves in the world, then Teahupo’o has to be the most feared. Surfline’s slightly dated but incredibly detailed ‘Mechanics of Teahupo’o’ gives an insightful overview as to the background and … Read more

Contest Wash-Up – Billabong Pro Tahiti 2017

“All the crumbs make a loaf of bread” – J. Smith, 2017 Rant Is there a more entertaining individual in pro surfing right now than Jordy Smith? I think not. He’s an incredible surfer, yes, but he’s also a world-class claim choreographer, a heart-on-your-sleeve emotional roller-coaster, a universal icon for hair stylists everywhere. And now, … Read more

Contest Preview – Billabong Pro Tahiti 2017

The trials are done, the forecast is coming into focus and the metrics have been updated; let’s do this: Conditions The WSL forecast doesn’t looks fantastic. There is the potential for the WSL to run the first few rounds on a mild-mannered SSW swell in the first 3 days, possibly getting us past R4 if … Read more

Injuries and Wildcards – Tahiti 2017

Here’s the latest regarding the upcoming Billabong Pro Tahiti (August 11):   Kelly Slater – OUT This is just a formality, as even mainstream news outlets have been reporting Slater’s foot injury since he pulled into a close-out during the J-Bay contest. If this is news to you, then you’ve been avoiding surf media for … Read more

Contest Metrics – Billabong Pro Tahiti 2017

Tahiti now has the unenviable task of following a truly epic J-Bay contest; one that provided a spectacle for fans and managed to raise many surfers’ AHS for 2017. Mind you, Tahiti can wow fans with the best of them. The success of this contest will depend on the conditions, just like your fantasy team. … Read more

Contest Wash-Up – Billabong Pro Tahiti 2016

The King Returns Ok gang, I’m sure you’re all aware of what went down in Tahiti over the last few days. I’m sure you’ve probably also read an article or two or three, and seen news clips, and watched the entire replay, and been bombarded by instagram and twitter etc., etc., etc. So I’m going … Read more

Contest Analysis – Tahiti Pro 2016

We just want to dedicate this piece to the life and legacy of the legend that was Midget Farrelly, the first champion of Australian professional surfing (and so much more). Who doesn’t love a Tahiti contest? And with Medina and John John breathing down Wilko’s yellow-jersey’d neck, it’s got the makings of a great event. … Read more

Injury Update – Tahiti Pro

Here is the wildcard and injury replacement info for the WSL Mens Billabong Tahiti Pro 2016 (19-30th August) Owen Wright & Bede Durbidge – OUT Both still out for another event, and still being replaced by Stu Kennedy and Sebastien Zietz. In case you haven’t heard Owen has officially declared the 2016 season as injury recovery time, and we look … Read more