Kelly Slater made the list but isn't number 1.
The Billabong Pro Tahiti kicked off on Thursday at Teahupoo. The waves weren't Code Red incredible, but Chopes still delivered some gems for the ASP's top surfers. Kelly Slater, Kieran Perrow, John John Florence, and Mick Fanning all scored exceptional waves, but it was Anthony Walsh's perfect 10 that earned the ride of the day.
Talk about a shocker special
The crowd in Huntington Beach loved Mick Machado and Kelly Smith.
The Vans US Open of Surfing draws an eclectic crowd to the shores of Huntington Beach, California. One thing that most of the people in attendance had in common was a massive lack of surf knowledge. It's a good thing that the dose crew was on hand to expose all the posers. Michaela Eichenbaum caught up with everyone from the guy with "Tug Me" written across his stomach to the US Open's unofficial twerk team.
Get ready for the surf event of the year that will determine this year's world champion
"I'm going on a trip, I don't know where, I don't know for how long. And I'm just sorta getting kidnapped."
At age 33, it's never too late to win your first ASP World Tour event
As long as it's on a legit wave.
Pro surfer Mick Fanning is no stranger to throwing up his arms or pumping his fist after a successful wave. Fanning isn't claiming it for the fans on the beach or the ones watching the webcast. Much like a tennis player, Fanning claims it as a way to pump himself up and as a release after heaping so much pressure on himself to perform on the ASP world tour. There are limits, though. Fanning recalls that former pro surfer Taylor Knox firmly believed that if a surfer claimed it on a wave that scored anything lower than an 8, that he should be deducted points.