Kelly Slater: he knows the way out

Adriano de Souza and Taj Burrow have suffered shocking exits from the Billabong Pro Tahiti 2013, at Teahupoo.


With racy three-to-five foot (1.5 metre) barrels, the party has just begun. Round 1 and four heats of Round 2 have been completed.

John John Florence opened his Tahitian campaign with an excellent 9.07 barrel ride, quickly followed with a 7.50 for three ferocious backhand turns. Florence's success left Julian Wilson and Miguel Pupo in need of a combination of scores at the end of the heat.

"Waves were pretty fun, better than I thought it was going to be. There's a weird wind chop on it. Tahiti is always fun and always beautiful. Happy to be here", says Florence.

Joel Parkinson bested Kolohe Andino and Anthony Walsh, despite a perfect 10 point ride from the wildcard to earn the win.

"I thought it was going to be a battle. I didn’t think my two 8s were going to be enough and then it slowed down. The swell isn’t completely here yet and there will be a quick flurry and then the waves will slow down", added Parkinson.

Kelly Slater was on the back foot for the majority of his Round 1 heat this morning until the dying moments of the bout. However, with seconds on the clock, the Floridian drove through a deep backhand tube, earning an 8.50 for the ride and a position in Round 3.

"I was kind of lucky that one even came in the end. I blew the best wave of the heat and lost my fins. I had the line I wanted and just lost my fins on the foam-ball and was too far behind to catch up", underlines Slater.

Adriano de Souza and Taj Burrow lost their Round 2 clashes against Alain Riou and Ian Walsh. They are out of the Billabong Pro Tahiti 2013, alongside Nat Young and Jocelyn Poulou.