Highlights from Day 1 at the Billabong Pro Tahiti.
Aug. 17, 2013 - The top surfers in the world advanced in the opening day of the Billabong Pro Tahiti. With fun three to five foot waves at famed Teahupo’o surfers including 11 time World Champion Kelly Slater was among the surfers to advance directly to round three of the contest.
“I was kind of lucky that one even came in the end,” said Slater. “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. Brett (Simpson) had a few opportunities and paddled too wide. My waves weren’t that great and I was just trying to make things happen.”
John John Florence is another top surfer to advance to the third round of the event. “Waves were pretty fun, better than I thought it was going to be,” said Florence. “There’s a weird wind chop on it. The other heats were more consistent and had the double-ups and I got that one 9. I was able to get a backup and do a couple of turns, so I’m stoked. Tahiti is always fun and always beautiful. Happy to be here.”