Spectacular tube rides at the 2015 Billabong Pro Tahiti

August 17, 2015 | Surfing
CJ Hobgood: a tube riding expert | Photo: Robertson/WSL

Twelve surfers have survived the repechage, at the 2015 Billabong Pro Tahiti reaches Round 3, at Teahupoo.

Adriano de Souza is feeling relieved. The Brazilian knew he had to defeat trials winner Taumata Puhetini to maintain his world title hopes alive. De Souza secured a decisive 16.26 heat total to move on to the next round.

"For me this has been a really tough event in the past. In the last four years, I've come up against the wildcards and haven't done so well. I've been working every single year - I've been coming early and staying later and watching a lot. I still need to work so much, but I'm really proud to make that heat against an amazing Tahitian," explained Adriano.

Gabriel Medina also survived another unexpected Round 2 clash against Ricardo Christie. The 2014 world champion scored an impeccable 17.50 heat total, and will face John John Florence in the upcoming clash.

"That was a fun heat and I got a lot of waves. Since I got here, I haven't got barrelled, so it felt good to get some in my heat just now. It was my dream to be a world champion and that dream came true. This year I'm not feeling any pressure and just want to surf," reveals Medina.

C.J. Hobgood and Nat Young managed to find great scores, but the Floridian rode a near-perfect 9.80 wave to snatch the highest heat total of the event.

"I was just stoked that I got a couple of opportunities. The waves turned on, and we both made the most of it. I made a man-on-man heat, and it was fun and I really enjoyed it. When someone asks me what I'm going to miss about the tour, it's that - the man-on-man combat. I'll also really miss all the guys on tour that I've travelled around with for years," declared Hobgood.

Billabong Pro Tahiti 2015 | Round 3 Match-Ups

Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Italo Ferreira (BRA) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
John John Florence (HAW) vs. Gabriel Medina (HAW)
Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Bruno Santos (BRA)
Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Aritz Aranburu (ESP)
Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Sebastian Zietz (HAW)
Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Joel Parkinson (AUS)
Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. C.J. Hobgood (USA)

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