Alain Riou: Trials master at Teahupoo

Alain Riou and Anthony Walsh have secured two seats in the main event of the 2013 Billabong Pro Tahiti, at Teahupoo.


Riou has conquered the Air Tahiti Nui Billabong Trials for the second time, after finishing runner-up last year against Ricardo Dos Santos.

"I'm stoked to be in the Billabong Pro again. It's crazy to think I won the trials ten years ago and now I have another shot", says Riou.

"As a wildcard you always draw the high seeds and both times I've come up against Mick. He's a good friend of mine, he stays at my house and he won the Billabong Pro last year, so who knows?"

Walsh is another serious Teahupoo Trials campaigner. The hard-charging goofy foot from Lennox Head in NSW, Australia is always a favourite at Teahupo'o and has reached the semis three times - missing out by one spot on each occasion, agonisingly close to a main event berth.

Yesterday however, Walsh dominated and put the hoodoo to rest, solidifying himself a slot in the main draw next week.

"I'm really stoked to get in. That's my goal coming here - just to make the main event and show everyone what I can do", adds Walsh.

"Like Alain, I've been in the trials eight times. I qualified with a second one year but then missed out three times by one spot. So it's really good to get in and hopefully we get good waves".

Air Tahiti Nui Billabong Trials 2013 Final:

1. Alain Riou (PYF)
2. Anthony Walsh (AUS)