The best surfers on the planet are gathering together for the fifth stop of the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour. The Billabong Pro Tahiti starts on Thursday 16th August and you can watch all 11 days of swell action at redbull.tv
The Teahupoo wave is the world’s heaviest lefthander and must be approached by the surfers with a do or die attitude. Red Bull backed Mick Fanning holds the lead on the ASP World Championship Tour but is taking nothing for granted ahead of his latest battle with the Pacific Ocean.
“Being No.1 on the tour at this stage means very little. This is the only the halfway stage of the season and there’s nothing separating me and the rest of the guys in the top 10. The other guys will be chasing me but I’ll just try my best to collect a big result.”
If things continue to go well for the Aussie he could finish the year with his third ASP WCT title to add to his victories in 2007 and 2009.
“There is an advantage in knowing that I’m in the race and I’m collecting the kind of results that could count towards a title. I’ve had pretty average starts to the past few seasons and managed to finish strong. It feels good to have got the momentum going early this year for a change.”
Mick finished runner up at the Billabong Pro Tahiti on his way to winning his first ASP WCT title in 2007. However, since then success has been in short supply for the Aussie at this particular event.
“Tahiti is a tricky venue even for the very best guys. One big barrel can turn a heat on its head so there’s always going to be upsets. The biggest challenge is making sure you’re on the best waves in the heat and then get yourself nice and deep in that barrel.”
Out of all the stops on the tour the Billabong Pro Tahiti is perhaps the one where local knowledge can used most effectively. Mick certainly expects there to be some talented Tahitians progressing to the latter stages of the competition.
“The Tahitian wildcards and trialists at Teahupoo have done some real damage in the past. The locals get psyched to see the Tahitians do well. It’s great to see the locals get out there in their boats and give their surfers an incredible amount of support.”
If you don’t have the chance to get in your boat and watch the action don’t worry. All 11 days of the Billabong Pro Tahiti will be broadcast live at redbull.tv starting on Thursday 16th August.