Billabong Pro Tahiti- Finals Day
The final day of the Billabong Pro Tahiti began with rain and stormy conditions. At first glance we thought we were in for a rough day, but at 7am when the first heat of the morning began conditions improved vastly.
John John Florence kept his roll going with a round 4 win, sending him straight into the quarters. The wave of the morning came from Gabriel Medina in quarterfinal number one. Gabriel locked into a deep barrel that he disappeared in for what seemed like an eternity before flying out. He then backed it up with an 8.23 to send himself into the semifinals.The guy who was the silent assassin all day though was Julian Wilson. Julian made it heat by heat and ended up peaking in a heated final against Gabriel Medina. Medina and Wilson fought for priority in the beginning. Gabriel got out to an early lead, but Julian battled back. With just minutes remaining Wilson stroked into a 9.73 to snag the win. It was a clutch performance that saw Julian grab his first Billabong Pro Tahiti title.
The event wrapped up this year in record time and showed that Teahupoo is still one of the world’s best waves no matter what conditions are thrown its way. The title race continues to be a tight one and we have a feeling it’ll come down to the end of the year and a showdown at the Billabong Pipe Masters.