Besides the legendary Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang (Indonesia), probably the most important and interesting Surf Contest this month took place from the 15th until the 26th in Teahupo’o, Tahiti, French Polynesia. The Billabong Pro Tahiti is part of the ASP World Tour Surfing; to be more precise it was “Men’s World Championship Tour #7”.In the last round the 11 times World Champion Kelly Slater and new star and winner of the Billabong Pro Tahiti Contest Gabriel Medina from Brasil left their fans and spectators speechless and with shaking hands. In the end it was a difference in the score of only 0,03 points just in Slater’s very last ride (9,30) that made Medina win for the third time during the WCT. Absolute high class surfing!
But also because of other facts this contest is said to have had a very special proceeding according to a quote on the official homepage of the ASP World Tour: “”Historical!” “Epic!” “Incomparable!” These often get tossed around in surfing conversations. But the Billabong Pro Tahiti, Stop No. 7 on the 2014 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), lived up to the hype.” After the this statement they also list ten reasons for their opinion, why #7 was so extraordinary. Amongst others: Medina broke “three-way tie” with Michel Bourez (French Polynesia) and Mick Fanning (Australia) and is now ahead of them; Kelly Slater got New Record For Highest Heat Average of 18.97 and hit five consecutive nine-pointers only in round 3; moreover some absolutely wicked drops and also wipeouts in triple-overhead Tahitian waves and, in general, incredibly high scores (57 nine-point rides in all and seven perfect 10s!!!)
Next stop will be WCT #8 Upcoming: Sep 09 – 20 Hurley Pro at Trestles San Clemente, California , United States of America. Don’t miss out on it!!