A very focused and quiet surfing gave Andy Irons the 2010 Billabong Pro Tahiti title against CJ Hobgood, in 2-3 foot windy and shy Teahupoo, despite two early wipeouts for both competitors.
Irons has completed his goal of winning, at least, a contest until he leaves professional surfing. The fifth event of the 2010 ASP World Tour is a key stop for the world surfing championship.
"I feel like I'm back," Irons said.
"I have to thank ASP for giving me the wildcard back here. My whole dream was to come back and just win one contest, and I've done that now. I want more. And to win at Teahupoo, it's my favorite wave in the world. It's a very special win."
Jordy Smith was forced to an early exit and Kelly Slater clinched absolute relevant points in order to get his long waited 10th crown. He is now in second place in the rankings.
In the "Clash of the Modern Icons," Kelly Slater and Andy Irons fought a classic battle. It was a tense and intense 12th encounter of the two Americans and Irons was pretty happy to get through to the final. He's back to the top surfing performances.
The 12-day waiting period of the 2010 Billabong Pro Tahiti was full of emotions.
The next decisions will be made in Trestles at the Hurley Pro.
2010 Billabong Pro Tahiti | Final
1. Andy Irons (HAW) 14.67
2. CJ Hobgood (USA) 8.33