Photos: Billabong Pro Tahiti, Day 2

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

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? © Brian Bielmann
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. © Brian Bielmann
Kolohe's Spill
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Kolohe's Spill Woah Nelly. © Brian Bielmann
Jordy Smith Tucks
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Jordy Smith Tucks This is how you contend for a world title. © Brian Bielmann
Jordy Smith Tucks, Part 2
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Jordy Smith Tucks, Part 2 He's a straight shooter, this Jordan Smith. © Brian Bielmann
The Spectators
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The Spectators Life ain't too hard, is it? © Brian Bielmann
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. © Brian Bielmann
Mick Fanning Comes Out
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Mick Fanning Comes Out And was awarded with a ten point ride. © Brian Bielmann
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. © Brian Bielmann
Ian Walsh, No Grab Necessary
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Ian Walsh, No Grab Necessary Ian takes the gentleman's route. © Brian Bielmann
Ian Walsh, Under The LIp
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Ian Walsh, Under The LIp OK, you can grab the rail on this one. © Brian Bielmann
Kelly Slater Stalls
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Kelly Slater Stalls Look at this stall. And keep looking. Best technique on earth right here. © Brian Bielmann
Michel Bourez Air Drops
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Michel Bourez Air Drops A hefty drop, but the Spartan is used to it. © Brian Bielmann
Michel Bourez, Pigdog
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Michel Bourez, Pigdog Nice and open for the Spartan. © Brian Bielmann
Michel Bourez and a Touch of Emotion
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Michel Bourez and a Touch of Emotion Someone's fired up. © Brian Bielmann
Empty Teahupo'o
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Empty Teahupo'o You don't see that very often. © Brian Bielmann
Julian Wilson, Up Close and Personal
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Julian Wilson, Up Close and Personal Jules punches the brakes. © Brian Bielmann
Julian Answers The Hardest Questions
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Julian Answers The Hardest Questions If you couldn't guess, this means that he won. © Brian Bielmann
John John Florence, Perfect Form
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John John Florence, Perfect Form This man will be hard to beat. © Brian Bielmann
Stand Up Paddling Ain't Half Bad
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Stand Up Paddling Ain't Half Bad Now this, we can back. © Brian Bielmann
Tahitian Sunset
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Tahitian Sunset Gold as always. © Brian Bielmann
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