Despite losing in final, Slater takes overall lead in ASP title chase.
Once Kelly Slater reaches a final, engravers usually start etching his name into the trophy. But Adrian "Ace" Buchan managed to defeat Slater at the Billabong Pro Tahiti with some deep pits that the 11-time ASP WCT champ couldn't match. It wasn't all bad news for Slater. His second place finish at Teahupoo gave him enough points to overtake the lead in the race for the title with four events left to go.
Parko gets his first win of the 2013 ASP season in barreling surf at Keramas.
After his perfect heat in the fifth round of the Oakley Pro Bali, it started to feel that Joel Parkinson might be due. The defending ASP world champion had two 13th place finishes early in the season so if he wanted to regain the title he was going to have to start winning soon. Parkinson did exactly that in Bali, outpointing Michel Bourez in the final for his first ASP tour victory of the year. Parkinson's win propelled him to third place in the world rankings, while Mick Fanning's quarterfinal appearance helped him move into the overall lead ahead of Kelly Slater.
That was just one of the highlights from the first day of surfing at Lower Trestles
Joel Parkinson, John John Florence and other ASP pros explain the do's and don'ts of Tahiti's famous break.
With the Billabong Pro Tahiti set to take place, some of the top surfers on the ASP World Tour offered up their thoughts on things to do avoid when surfing at Teahupoo. The wave produces some of the most epic rides, but it also doles out plenty of beatings. Florence's advice to not go right is a no-brainer and so is Parkinson's tip to not be a part of the lip. Freddy Pattachia offers up the most helpful hint when he suggests that Chopes surfers make love to the wave.
Joel Parkinson, Mick Fanning and other Aussies get thunderstruck in southern California.
Lower Trestles is often referred to as a skatepark for surfers because the mechanics of the wave set up so well for progressive maneuvers. The wave draws surfers from all over the world, but Australians have taken a particular liking to the wave. As part of Network A's Surf Week, check out some of the best surfers from Down Under shred Lowers. Parkinson, Fanning, Taj Burrow, and Julian Wilson are just some of the Aussies that rip this clip.
The Brazilian rookie knocked out local French hero Jeremy Flores
While fellow world title contenders Mick Fanning, Kelly Slater, and Joel Parkinson advance
It's nice of the pros like Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, and Taj Burrow to take a second out of living the life at the Oakley Pro Bali to send their greetings for International Surfing Day.