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Slats does it again…

Posted by: on August 30th, 2011

Doesn’t look like Slater’s going away anytime soon. Here’s the  bumpf about his latest triumph at Teahupo’o… now on to… NYC

Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International
Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui
ASP World Title Event No. 5 of 11
Teahupoo, Taiarapu, French Polynesia

August 20 – 31, 2011
www.billabongpro.comTEAHUPO’O, Taiarapu/French Polynesia (Monday, August 29, 2011) – Ten-time and reigning World Surfing Champion, Kelly Slater (USA) is back in familiar territory, sitting at number one in the world after today claiming event 5 on the Association of Surfing Professionals 2011 Men’s World Tour, the Billabong Pro presented by Air Tahiti Nui.

The 39 year-old American surfing legend defeated Aussie tour young gun Owen Wright (Lennox Head, NSW, AUS) in the final held in two-metre plus waves at the infamous Teahupo’o break, making it two wins from four starts this season and it extends his record-breaking number of total career victories to 47.

Wright beat Slater the first three times they met, a statistic any surfers would claim proudly, but in his first ever Men’s World Tour final it all seemed to go the American’s way, with Slater controlling the heat and notching up excellent scores with his incredible display of precision tube riding.

Slater’s final two-wave combined total of 18.43 out of a possible 20 points saw him finish clear of Wright on 17.10 points, securing the 39 year-old the $75,000 US first place prize, 10,000 valuable world title ratings points and above all – a reminder to all that the best surfer ever is still well and truly, the best.

Slater’s win is the pinnacle of an incredible 10 days of action and drama in the South Pacific. On Saturday (Aug 27) the French Government issued a “Code Red” advisory warning that prohibited water craft from legally operating, a safeguard against historically large 6-to-10 metre swell that slammed Tahiti for almost 24 hours.

The warning meant the Billabong Pro was unable to run however an elite number of big-wave tow-in specialists tackled the giant waves. Throughout the course of the event, medical staff performed almost 20 treatments on injured competitors and an estimated 50+ additional treatments were given to non-competitors.

Finishing equal third today were South African Travis Logie (ZAF) and Australian Josh Kerr (AUS). Both surfers put in career-best performances to reach the semi-finals, with Kerr going down to Slater and Logie losing out to Wright.

Logie’s Teahupo’o campaign bordered on a fairy-tale finish; the 32 year-old was a late entrant to the event, rode and broke borrowed equipment, suffered multiple injuries, had to defeat close friend and world number two, Jordy Smith (ZAF) twice after a controversial heat restart and then make the final in order to guarantee his requalification before the next event in New York.

Jeremy Flores (FRA), 23, put in some of the most inspiring performances of the event, bagging the biggest waves and even surfing a Perfect 20 heat in yesterday’s idyllic conditions. For his heroics, Flores was awarded the Andy Irons Award for most committed performance of the event. This is the inaugural year for the award, honouring the late ASP and 2010 Billabong Pro Tahiti Champion, Andy Irons (HAW).

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Kelly Slater (USA) 18.43
2 – Owen Wright (AUS) 17.10

SF 1: 
Kelly Slater (USA) 14.50 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.60
SF 2: 
Owen Wright (AUS) 19.50 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 14.40

QF 1: 
Josh Kerr (AUS) 11.94 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 11.83
QF 2: 
Kelly Slater (USA) 17.50 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 6.17
QF 3: Travis Logie (ZAF) 18.07 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 17.14
QF 4: Owen Wright (AUS) 16.74 def. Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 13.10

ASP WORLD TITLE RANKINGS TOP 5 (After Billabong Pro Tahiti)
1. Kelly Slater (USA) 26,950 pts
Jordy Smith (ZAF) 26,500 pts
Joel Parkinson (AUS) 26,200 pts
Adriano de Souza (BRA) 22,750 pts
Owen Wright (AUS) 21,900 pts

Billabong Pro presented by Air Tahiti Nui
Teahupo’o, Tahiti – August

00:00:00 Colour Bars and tone
00:00:10 Event title
00:00:13 General colour
00:00:53 Kelly Slater (USA) – surf action
00:01:57 Kelly Slater – interview
00:02:48 Owen Wright (AUS) – surf action
00:03:20 Owen Wright – interview
00:03:35 Travis Logie (ZAF) – surf action
00:03:47 Josh Kerr (AUS) – surf action
00:04:03 Jeremy Flores (FRA) – receives Andy Irons most committed award
00:04:16 Bruce Irons – surf action
00:04:34 Raoni Monteiro (BRA) – surf action
00:04:47 Raoni Monteiro (BRA) – interview (Portuguese)
00:05:23 END OF FEED

JJ – Billabong International Media
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Billabong Pro Tahiti Completes Eight Heats in Shifting Conditions

Posted by: on May 15th, 2009



Taj Burrow (AUS), 30, current ASP World No. 7, netted the day’s high heat total of a 15.33 out of a possible 20 in Round 2. Photo: ASP/ CI/ SCHOLTZ via GETTY IMAGES

Taj Burrow (AUS), 30, current ASP World No. 7, netted the day’s high heat total of a 15.33 out of a possible 20 in Round 2. Photo: ASP/ CI/ SCHOLTZ via GETTY IMAGES



TEAHUPOO, Tahiti (Wednesday, May 13, 2009, Thursday in Australia) – The Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui navigated challenging weather patterns today, completing eight heats amidst varying wind and swell conditions.


Stop No. 3 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Tahiti ran the final two heats of Round 1 today before the opening six heats of Round 2 despite putting competition on hold at various points to wait out inclement weather.


“It was definitely a struggle out there today and I wasn’t very happy with what the weather was doing,” Luke Egan, Billabong Pro Contest Director, said. “The winds and swell were shifting quite a bit this morning which was frustrating, but the afternoons have been providing the best windows for running the contest so thankfully we were able to pick off a few heats at the end of the day.”


Despite the challenges faced today, the world’s best surfers logged some excellent performances.


Taj Burrow (AUS), 30, current ASP World No. 7, netted the day’s highest heat total of a 15.33 out of a possible 20, comboing his opponent Marlon Lipke (DEU), 25, with razor-sharp backhand tube sense en route to his Round 2 heat win.


“I actually thought Marlon (Lipke) started out with a really good one and that made me pretty nervous,” Burrow said. “I guess he wasn’t able to get deep enough and didn’t really get the score though. After that, I just had to select the ones that let me get in the tube long enough and was able to grab a couple of 7’s so it turned out well for me.”


Despite opening up the season with an equal 3rd, Burrow stumbled at Bells Beach with an equal 17th. The perennial ASP World Title contender will look to rebound in Tahiti, a venue that has historically been difficult for him.


“I’ve had an up and down start to this season,” Burrow said. “Went well on the Gold Coast and was unlucky at Bells and now we’re here at Teahupoo. I haven’t got a result out here in a few years, but I’m staying up the road at Papara with the Riou family and I’ve been putting some time into this event so hopefully it pays off.”


Burrow will face ASP Dream Tour veteran Kieren Perrow (AUS), 32, in Round 3 of the Billabong Pro Tahiti


Josh Kerr (AUS), 25, into his second jaunt on the elite ASP World Tour, caused the upset of the day, eliminating current ASP World No. 3 Fred Patacchia (HAW), 27, in the dying moments of their Round 2 bout. After sitting with priority for over 10 minutes, Kerr steamrolled through a backhand double barrel to get the highest single-wave score of the day, an 8.83 out of a possible 10, and come away with the win.


“It was a long wait being patient and there wasn’t really anything coming through,” Kerr said. “I was losing it a bit out there, but thankfully, I had priority when that set came through and the wave I took was the good one. I got the score and am stoked to move through.”


Kerr will battle Michael Campbell (AUS), 35, in Round 3 of the Billabong Pro Tahiti.


C.J. Hobgood (USA), 29, former ASP World Champion (2001) and past winner at the Billabong Pro Tahiti (2004), dominated the opening heat of Round 2 today, netting a 14.50 out of a possible 20 to eliminate Phillip MacDonald (AUS), 30, from Billabong Pro Tahiti competition.


“Phil (MacDonald) and I had a free surf before and it was sunny and we got some fun ones then when we started the heat, the squall hit us,” Hobgood said. “He (MacDonald) sat there waiting for a wave that never came and I notched up some backup scores. You never want to win heat like that. It was unfortunate for him, but at the end of the day, that’s professional surfing sometimes.”


Currently rated No. 5 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, Hobgood is in an excellent position to capitalize at the infamous lefthanders of Teahupoo.


“I look forward to coming here every year and Tahiti is definitely one of my favorite stops on tour,” Hobgood said. “I’ve had a pretty good start to the year, but it’s going to take a lot to catch Joel (Parkinson) at this point. I’m hoping for a good result here.”


Hobgood will take on Jay Thompson (AUS), 25, in Round 3 of the Billabong Pro Tahiti.


Thompson, first replacement surfer on the ASP World Tour and current ASP World No. 14, continued his roll this season, eliminating dangerous young gun Jeremy Flores (FRA), 21, in Round 2 of competition today. Thompson secured the highest single-wave score of the day, an 8.83 out of a possible 10, for an excellent backhand pit.


“Jeremy (Flores) can be really, really dangerous out here,” Thompson said. “He’s spent a lot of time in Tahiti and knows the wave really well so I wasn’t taking him lightly at all. It’s pretty difficult out there, but you can still pick a couple in between the wind and rain. Fortunately for me, that one at the end really opened up and allowed me to get through.”


Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 6:30am to assess conditions for a possible 7:30am start.


Surfline, official forecasters for the Billabong Pro Tahiti, are calling for a moderate WSW swell to continue through the next couple of days, with projected favorable winds for tomorrow.


When competition resumes, up first will be Taylor Knox (USA), 27, up against Kai Otton (AUS), 29, in Heat 7 of Round 2.


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Heat 15: Heitor Alves (BRA) 15.00 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 11.00

Heat 16: Mick Campbell (AUS) 15.84 def. Roy Powers (AUS) 5.87



Heat 1: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 14.50 def. Phillip MacDonald (AUS) 0.77

Heat 2: Jay Thompson (AUS) 13.83 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 11.37

Heat 3: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 11.50 def. Tim Reyes (USA) 11.50

Heat 4: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.33 def. Marlon Lipke (DEU) 6.67

Heat 5: Josh Kerr (AUS) 15.16 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 14.50

Heat 6: Michael Campbell (AUS) 13.66 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 10.84



Heat 7: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)

Heat 8: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Heiarii Williams (PYF)

Heat 9: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Andy Irons (HAW)

Heat 10: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Dayyan Neve (AUS)

Heat 11: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Dustin Barca (HAW)

Heat 12: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Heitor Alves (BRA)

Heat 13: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Aritz Aranburu (EUK)

Heat 14: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Dean Morrison (AUS)

Heat 15: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Ben Dunn (AUS)

Heat 16: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. Tim Boal (FRA)