Even at smallish Teahupoo, studs rain nines!
Maybe you woke up this morning, took one whiff of the opening heat in the Tahiti Pro, and went about your biz, convinced of the contest’s predicted dreariness: Jordy, a five and a three, beating Ryan Callinan’s three and a zero-point-seven. Ugly numbers.
But the thing about Teahupoo, even at a slightly misshapen three foot, is, if you know the joint, what can look like an impossible-to-make west bowl, can turn into an overhead dream boat. But you gotta know the wave. You gotta know how to squeeze the lemons.
And, so, when Gabriel Medina, when John John Florence and when Kelly Slater appeared for their round one heats, day one took on a better shape.
You can examine Gabriel’s eight-pointer here.
And then John John rained nines, an 18.40 total. You like the distance between hand and rail?
And, Kelly, threads his Webber banana through this video game-like tunnel…
Want to know how to ride Teahupoo? Watch Peter King’s excellent #TourNotes here!
A little contest wrap, with full results, at the close of play…