Riding the big ones for the pro spot

2008-05-02 00:00

The action over at Teahupoo, pronounced Cho-pu in Tahiti, was pretty intense, with massive waves thundering over the short and dangerous reef for the Air Tahiti Nui Von Zipper Trails, the precursor to the Billabong Pro Tahiti. In among the waves that grew and grew with each set, a bunch of hardened local surfers and a contingent of international hopefuls battled it out. The prize being a coveted slot in the main event.

There was plenty of drama with two of the contestants, Wade Goodal from Australia and Bruno Santos from Brazil, both head-butting the reef during the event and suffering nasty injuries. Santos was unperturbed by his injuries, taped them up and went out to surf the final against Hawaiian Jamie O’Brien. It was JOB’s event, and he nailed the victory with a desperate late-drop in the dying moments of his time in the water. Next up is the main event, the Billabong Pro Tahiti. Watch the live webcast from the links on www.aspworldtour.com.

Over in freezing Scotland our man Davey Weare once again showed us that this is his year, as he placed a very strong third place in the O’Neill Highland Open Six Star prime WQS event. His result here, coupled with his win in the Quiksilver Pro Durban, sees Davey with a good chance of qualifying for the 2009 World Tour. The South Africans are blazing all over the world right now. At this early stage in the game, Davey already has over 6 000 points and with the cut-off going to be around the 12 000 mark, he is looking good. Davey will get a chance to hang out again with the South African World Tour contingent including Jordy Smith, Travis Logie, Rick Basnett and Royden Bryson. Former world tour stalwart Greg Emslie from East London is also back on the hunt for a berth on the World Tour.

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