Photos: Billabong Pro Tahiti, Day 2

An onslaught of perfection arrives with some swell in authentic Teahupo'o tubes.

Despite a dismal swell forecast, Day 2 of the Billabong Pro Tahiti surpassed all expectations for the 2013 event. For starters, we saw three ten point rides — compliments of Mick Fanning, John John Florence and Jeremy Flores — and a slew of waves that were inches away from that elusive perfect score. We saw glorious foamball rides and gruesome wipeouts. We saw real Teahupo’o, and my goodness, was it tasty.

Standouts of the Day: Well, you’d have to give a nod to the three gentlemen who netted those tens. It certainly takes more than a head-dip to earn that kind of a score from that meticulous staff of judges.

Honorable Mentions: Kai Otton had one of the best heats of his life, chalking up a total of 19.06 points. Staying alive, that goofyfooted Australian. Kelly Slater managed to earn 18.97 points in his destruction of wildcard Anthony Walsh, which came as a surprise to absolutely no one. Josh Kerr also dutifully posted two rides above the 9-point range in his heat.

What to Watch For: Title hopes. Jordy Smith, Mick Fanning and Kelly Slater do not want to lose this contest. All three surfers have their eyes set on that shiny old 2013 crown, and the claws are just now coming out. It’d be Jordy’s first title, Mick’s third or Kelly’s 12th. We’ll leave it up to them to decide who wants it the most.
 

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A Sneaker Set
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A Sneaker Set

Uh, wasn't it supposed to be small today?

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Kolohe Andino Finds The Hole
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Kolohe Andino Finds The Hole

Although Brother bowed out earlier, his spirits remained high. "Enjoyed my time out there. I'm gonna need a lot more if I wanna do good out there," he said.

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Kolohe's Spill
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Kolohe's Spill

Woah Nelly.

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Jordy Smith Tucks
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Jordy Smith Tucks

This is how you contend for a world title.

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Jordy Smith Tucks, Part 2
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Jordy Smith Tucks, Part 2

He's a straight shooter, this Jordan Smith.

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The Spectators
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The Spectators

Life ain't too hard, is it?

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Mick Fanning, Open Mouth in an Open Tube
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Mick Fanning, Open Mouth in an Open Tube

Right up on that foam ball.

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Mick Fanning Comes Out
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Mick Fanning Comes Out

And was awarded with a ten point ride.

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Mick Fanning And Ian Walsh Paddle Battle
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Mick Fanning And Ian Walsh Paddle Battle

Close friends when they're not in a heat.

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Ian Walsh, No Grab Necessary
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Ian Walsh, No Grab Necessary

Ian takes the gentleman's route.

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Ian Walsh, Under The LIp
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Ian Walsh, Under The LIp

OK, you can grab the rail on this one.

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Kelly Slater Stalls
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Kelly Slater Stalls

Look at this stall. And keep looking. Best technique on earth right here.

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Michel Bourez Air Drops
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Michel Bourez Air Drops

A hefty drop, but the Spartan is used to it.

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Michel Bourez, Pigdog
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Michel Bourez, Pigdog

Nice and open for the Spartan.

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Michel Bourez and a Touch of Emotion
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Michel Bourez and a Touch of Emotion

Someone's fired up.

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Empty Teahupo'o
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Empty Teahupo'o

You don't see that very often.

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Julian Wilson, Up Close and Personal
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Julian Wilson, Up Close and Personal

Jules punches the brakes.

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Julian Answers The Hardest Questions
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Julian Answers The Hardest Questions

If you couldn't guess, this means that he won.

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John John Florence, Perfect Form
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John John Florence, Perfect Form

This man will be hard to beat.

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Stand Up Paddling Ain't Half Bad
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Stand Up Paddling Ain't Half Bad

Now this, we can back.

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Tahitian Sunset
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Tahitian Sunset

Gold as always.

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