Eyes from across the planet were glued to computer screens last week for the Billabong Pro in Tahiti.
Why? Because it takes place at the infamous reef break Teahupo’o, one of the most dangerous waves in the world.
Waves built up to an enormous 15ft, marking some of the most monstrous surf the ASP World Tour has seen in years.
With heart-stopping 10 point waves came equally traumatic wipeouts. Here are five of the gnarliest slams suffered last week at the hands of ‘Chopes…
Down Goes Wildcard Entry Taumata Puhetini
Froggy jump gone wrong when local Tahitian Taumata Puhetini goes over the falls in the first round.
Matty Wilko Free Falls And Faceplants
Two major wipeouts in the first fifteen minutes of competing, Wilko takes an absolute beating on day one. Skip to 0.50 for the slo-mo playback. Ouch.
CJ Hobgood Sucked Over The Lip
Sometimes you should back out of a wave. Other times it’s a little too late… like here. Fast-forward to 1.27 for the replay.
Not Quite Bede Durbidge…
Only one word for this: fuuuuuuuuuuuck.
Kolohe Andino Just About Makes It Out
Hawaiian Kolohe Andino nearly gets sucked into the pit at 11.12 but just makes it over. Now that was a close call…