Day 2 Highlights from the Billabong Pro Tahiti
On day 2 conditions may not be death-defying, but they are still spectacular for surfers competing in the 5th event of the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, The Billabong Pro, underway at Teahupo'o in Tahiti.
Brazilian surfer Miguel Pupo netted an excellent 18.97 two-wave combined heat total out of a possible perfect 20 in the offshore waves to eliminate Australian Yadin Nicol (AUS), and advance through to Round 3. It is the Brazilianâ€™s first competitive showing at Teahupoâ€™o and he exhibited superb tube-riding skills.
Watch this and more standout performances from Day 2:
Hawaiian Freddy Patacchia a former finalist at Teahupo'o, has set up a Round 3 clash with another former Teahupo'o finalist, Aussie Mick Fanning, after Patacchia today defeated Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15.50 points to 9.67 points. Freddy was looking solid, combining some nice tube rides with some searing rail carves, to completely dominate the heat over Durbidge, and along with rookie John John Florence (Haw), is flying the flag proudly for the Hawaiians.
Jeremy Flores (FRA), current No. 11 on the ASP WCT ratings, also posted a commanding win today over Hawaiian Dusty Payne. The Frenchman surfed a perfect 20/20 heat last year in huge conditions, and his synergy at Teahupo'o continued today, with Flores threading his way through some excellent tube rides. â€œI grew up in Reunion and now live in New Caledonia so I spend a lot of time surfing over reefs,â€ Flores said. â€œUnfortunately, we donâ€™t have conditions like we did last year, but when the waves come."