- 25 August 2014 | Surfing
Solid 10-to-12-foot-plus barreling waves fired up the conclusion of Round 2 and 3 of the Billabong Pro Tahiti 2014, at Teahupoo.
Tiago Pires, the Portuguese Tiger, posted two near-perfect scores - a 9.00 and a 9.67 - to defeat Taj Burrow. Pires displayed his best performance of the season.
"I really like these kind of waves and barrels. I love Tahiti and it's been a few years since I got a result here. My plan was to be selective and it worked. I think it's safe to say that was my first good heat of the year, so I'm really psyched and excited for my next heat," said Tiago Pires.
Gabriel Medina showed confidence in the double-overhead barrels. In the head-to-head heat against wildcard Nathan Hedge, the Brazilian took advantage of the Australian's turbulent wipeout and secured a spot in Round 4.
"This is my third time in Tahiti and every time I come it's so fun so I'm always excited to come back. I was worried about facing him (Nathan Hedge). He surfs this wave so well, and he's a tough guy to beat. I'm stoked and I've never got so many barrels, I was claiming every single wave," noted Medina.
Brett Simpson eliminated Joel Parkinson, despite suffering a heavy wipeout and hitting the reef. The American secured a Round 4 berth for the first time this season.
"I definitely gained some momentum from that win. My main thing is to look at the waves and think about whether I can make them. It's not about charging for me. I couldn't kick out of my first wave, so I hit the bottom. I hit pretty it hard but was able to bounce back and got my best wave shortly after," added Simpson.
John John Florence claimed the second Perfect 10 of the event so far and defeated Sebastian Zietz in the all-Hawaiian heat. John John collected a total of 19.93 points.
"I just went for it out there today, I'm really stoked it picked up and I'm so happy to get some waves. The last few heats I've had I haven't really got too many waves. The ten-point wave I got was crazy, I just hoped for the best and it worked out," explained Florence.
Kelly Slater defeated Jadson Andre with five nine-point rides. Andre was left in a combination situation and exits the competition in equal 13th place.
"This is probably the best I've ever surfed 'Chopes.' It's just big enough for that outside ledge to go hollow. I would say it's almost safe out there. It's 15 feet or so and this is where it gets beautiful," concluded Slater.
Billabong Pro Tahiti Round 3 Results
Tiago Pires (PRT) 18.67 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 13.57
Adrian Buchan (AUS) 16.33 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 14.73
Michel Bourez (PYF) 14.90 def. Aritz Aranburu (ESP) 14.77
Kolohe Andino (USA) 18.10 def. Mitch Crews (AUS) 10.17
Bede Durbidge (AUS) 13.10 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 13.10
Gabriel Medina (BRA) 18.80 def. Nathan Hedge (AUS) 13.44
Brett Simpson (USA) 16.23 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 13.17
John John Florence (HAW) 19.93 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 18.50
Kai Otton (AUS) 18.17 def. Nat Young (USA) 18.06
Kelly Slater (USA) 19.44 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 6.43
Owen Wright (AUS) 18.36 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 5.36
Dion Atkinson (AUS) 16.50 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 5.94