- 20 August 2014 | Surfing
Wipeouts and upsets marked the near conclusion of Round 2 at the Billabong Pro Tahiti 2014, in Teahupoo.
With six-to-eight foot barrels on offer, the world's best surfers repeated the daily dose of tube riding performances.
Josh Kerr survived the first elimination round against fellow countryman Mitch Coleborn. Kerr put out a solid surf, with an excellent 8.83 for his first wave, and a nine-point for a long tube and narrow escape.
"The days leading up to the swell were so mentally draining because you're trying to prepare yourself. I was just happy to be lying in bed last night in one piece. Yesterday was a great and historical day for this contest," confirms Kerr.
Jordy Smith and Brett Simpson met in a low scoring clash. The American surfer managed to secure two average rides in the bag while South African struggled to improve his total heat score.
"It's been a tough year. I've surfed against a lot of good guys, and I'm just stoked to get this win. This is a testing wave. On the one hand you think let me go home, this wave's going to kill me, but on the other hand you get the waves of your life," underlined Simpson.
C.J. Hobgood didn't have to surf his Round 2 heat because Travis Logie suffered a foot injury during Round 1 and has withdrawn from the competition.
Tiago Pires eliminated Julian Wilson and got through to Round 3. Aritz Aranburu took Fredrick Patacchia Jr. out of the way and joined the remaining fleet. John John Florence, Bede Durbidge, Mitch Crews and Sebastian Zietz are also in Round 3.
Billabong Pro Tahiti Round 2 Upcoming Match-Ups
Heat 12: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Billabong Pro Tahiti Round 3 Match-Ups
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Heat 3: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Aritz Aranburu (ESP)
Heat 4: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Mitch Crews (AUS)
Heat 5: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. C.J. Hobgood (USA)
Heat 6: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Nathan Hedge (AUS)
Heat 7: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 8: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Sebastian Zietz (HAW)
Heat 9: Nat Young (USA) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 10: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 11: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. TBD
Heat 12: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Dion Atkinson (AUS)