Day 1 of the #BillabongPro - Barrels, Upsets and a Perfect 10
Day 1 of the Billabong Pro Tahiti started with clean 4 foot drainers offering racy barrel after barrel. With conditions like that at Teahupoo, it's anyone's ballgame - and that became very apparent with wildcards taking heats, world champions escaping by the skin of their teeth and title contenders falling early.
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Wildcard Nathan Hedge is a favorite to do well, but fell on this wave and will have to surf again in Round 2.
Kelly Slater had to come from behind in the dying seconds, but he did. And that's why he is Kelly Slater the 11 time World Champ.
Sunsets in Tahiti will take your breath away every day.
Matt Wilkinson surfed an excellent heat, getting the best waves of each set and exiting barrel after barrel.
Anthony Walsh scored the days first and only Perfect 10...you need to watch the video.