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Owen Wright during the 2016 Billabong Pro, in Tahiti
This Way In, Teahupo

This Way In

Aug 142017

Location, Location, Location

It’s the most, wonderful time, of the year. No, that’s not a Christmas carol in August. That’s just the general sentiment among WSL surfers and fans, because we’ve just entered Tahiti Season. The time when we return to the world’s most mesmerizing left, Teahupo’o, and are surrounded by kind hearted people and Moana-style mountains. It’s late enough in the season where the leaders of the pack have pulled ahead, but with enough time for anyone to make a late push.  And with the top-5 separated by just 4,000 points, anything can happen.

The waiting period for the Billabong Pro Tahiti is August 11-22. Tahiti is three hours behind the US West Coast, so cancel your midday meetings and tune into to root for your favorite Monster riders.

Monster Threats

Owen Wright: If Owen and Teahupo’o crossed paths on Tinder, they’d both swipe right. Maybe even throw a Superlike, because these two are undeniably soul mates.

Conner Coffin: Conner is no stranger to reef pass lefts.  His pig-dog is so well trained it’s as though it just graduated obedience school. (Who’s a good boy?)

Filipe Toledo: Filipe’s got some swagger coming off a blistering performance at J-Bay, which left him atop the podium and boosted him seven spots on the ratings. Look for him to capitalize in Tahiti.

Miguel Pupo: Miggy’s had a so-so year on tour, so he’ll need a big finish in the back half if he hopes to requalify. Why wouldn’t that come at Teauhpo’o?

Frederico Morais: He finished runner up at J-Bay, and while Teahupo’o is a different beast, Freddy has proved his mettle in all conditions this year. With a strong finish, he could leap frog into the top-10.


3 Questions

Where dem girls? They just wrapped a great event in Huntington Beach, and will be resting till Trestles. Yeah…we miss ‘em, too.

How’s the forecast look? There’s a bit of swell to open the waiting period but the wind is suspect. Fingers crossed things shape up for the back half of the waiting period.

And what of the world title race? Owen is right there in it, less than 2,000 points from that gold jersey. Filipe is further back, but still has hope. Let’s go, boys!