Day 2 of the #BillabongPro - More Barrels, Bigger Waves and a lot of Perfect 10's.
When contest director Luke Egan made the call this morning for a 7:00 am start, he happily communicated over the team radio, "it's pumping." And he was right.
As the day went on, the waves got better. Every heat saw high-scoring waves and many heats came down to the final minutes. It was not a day for the weary as the 4-6 foot waves opened wide and broke fast upon the Teahupoo shelf. Perfect 10's came for Jeremy Flores, John John Florence and Mick Fanning. The defending Billabong Pro and current world rated number 1 found his 10 with less than 5:00 on the clock, keeping his early season momentum and escaping a Round 3 elimination.
And where yesterday was a day of upsets, today the top seeds took the heats, setting up an exciting 3rd day of competition. For more highlights, photos and footage click here.
Josh Kerr caught 200 barrels today, and made about 199 of them. This was one he made.
This photo is a follow up from the one above, yes, he made it.
Patrick Gudauskas threads the inside section in the early morning. Gudauskas surfed a smart heat, but lost as Kerrzy found the bigger waves and got the scores.
The water patrol, led by Moana, has been excellent all event. Providing safety and stoke.
An empty wave slips by, any takers?
John John Florence is a really good backside barrel rider, if you hadn't noticed.
John John's no-hands approached is impressive to say the least. Here he is on the way to his Perfect 10.
The infamously famous Gordo catches the footage for the webcast fans.
Mick Fanning takes off ridiculously too deep to bag a perfect 10 and escape a Round 3 loss.
Teahupoo gets really, really hollow. The post contest free-surf didn't see any gems go unridden.
Kelly Slater is the king of no-hands backside barrels. Wonder who John John learned from.
The channel at Teahupoo is a beautiful, somewhat relaxing scene. The brown boat is where contest director Luke Egan and team station themselves through the day. Want a job?
Kelly Slater understands backside barrels, and backside barrels understand him.