Learn how to get barreled: staying centered is critical | Photo: Quiksilver/Rabejac

There's a stoked little tube rider in all of us just waiting to drop in. Gliding along inside the hollow of a perfect peeling wave and emerging triumphant from its natural rolling end is one of the first fantasies to capture the surfer's spirit.

Surf spots that produce good, clean barrels can get wild, so it's good surf practice to prepare yourself with some know-how before you go.

The general consensus on tubing it for the first time is to go frontside; that way you avoid any inner spray rushing at your face and you can reach a hand out to the body of the wave if you need a little balance. With that in mind:


Jadson Andre: a deadly member of the Brazilian crew | Photo: ASP/Will H-S

The Billabong Pro Tahiti 2014 at Teahupoo was considered the best Dream Tour event of all time. If you still have doubts, take a look at the brilliant photos taken during barrel time, at the End of the Road.

Kelly Slater extends his wings. He lost the event by 0.03 points.


Gabriel Medina: three Teahupoo titles | Photo: ASP/Kirstin

Gabriel Medina defeated Kelly Slater to win the Billabong Pro Tahiti 2014, in 12-to-15 foot barreling waves at Teahupoo.

The Brazilian surfer claimed his third Billabong Pro Tahiti title, in a spectacular final against the 11-time world surfing champion, and takes the lead of the ASP World Tour rankings.

"I don't really know what to say. I'm so blessed to have these conditions at 'Chopes' and surf against all these guys. This is such a special event, and I'm just so happy right now. Kelly is a legend of surfing, and it's the best feeling ever to win," says Gabriel Medina.