The spell of Teahupoo is ready to be broken

August 2, 2013 | Surfing
Kelly Slater: he never loses a final in Teahupoo

The 2013 Billabong Pro Tahiti is hitting the Teahupoo reef, between August 15th-26th. The event plays a decisive role in the ASP World Tour title race.

It's one of the favorite surfing contests in the world. Fans love Teahupoo, with its magical history that speaks for itself. The deep hollow tube riding challenge marks the second half of the pro surfing season.

Mick Fanning is leading the rankings, but the 2013 Billabong Pro Tahiti is also a great opportunity for Kelly Slater to confirm his statistical power over the remaining opponents.

Having competed in 51 heats, Slater has won 41 challenges, which means a 80.39% winning percentage. The Floridian has never lost a final in Teahupoo. He won in 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2011.

Kelly Slater is currently ranked second, with a mere 450 points behind Fanning. The 2013 Billabong Pro Tahiti features the world's heaviest wave in a natural environment.

The first victim of the pre-event training sessions is Wade Goodall, who has broken the femur in his right leg surfing near Angourie on the North Coast of New South Wales, Australia.

Goodall was expected to compete at the Air Tahiti Nui Billabong Trials, but he is out of the show. Let there be perfect barrels.

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