Billabong Pro Teahupoo

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Billabong Pro Teahupoo is a professional surfing competition of the ASP World Tour held at the break Teahupo'o in Taiarapu, Tahiti. The Billabong Pro Teahupoo was first founded in 1999, and ever since has been recognized as "one of the world's heaviest big wave competitions".[This quote needs a citation] This is because Teahupoo is the only known natural wave break in the world that breaks below sea level. It is also "renowned for being the deadliest competition associated with surfing to this present date".[This quote needs a citation] The Billabong Pro Teahupoo has not claimed any human lives since the founding of the surfing event in 1999, but the wave has claimed lives over the years.

Billabong Pro Teahupoo Location[edit]

The surfing event takes place in Teahupo’o, a village on the south-west coast of the island of Tahiti, French Polynesia, southern Pacific Ocean. Teahupo'o is a reef break. The swells that hit the reef mainly break left, but the outer reef also creates right breaks that surfers must be cautious of when paddling out. Therefore, Teahupo'o is also "renowned for the consistent number of barrels it delivers". It is a rewarding location and is widely regarded as being on the 'must-surf' list of every enthusiastic surfer. However, "only experienced surfers in peak physical condition should attempt Teahupo'o". The breaks heavy waves combined with a shallow shoreline can result in serious injuries and even death in a wipeout.

Billabong Pro Teahupoo, Wave Break[edit]

The Billabong Pro Teahupo'o's reputation for wave riding is partly due to its unique form. An extremely shallow coral reef which ranges up to 20 inches beneath the waters surface is responsible for a very hollow-breaking wave. The wave's unique shape, with an effect of almost breaking below sea level, is due to the specific shape of the reef beneath the wave. Its semi circular nature which drops down sharply creates a 'below water' effect and the extreme angles in descent create an instant instability to the wave. A steep wall of reef causes the entire mass to fold onto a scalloped semi circle breaking arc. The wave bends and races along into a dry reef closeout and the lip of the wave is often as thick as it is tall. Therefore, resulting in the "Billabong Pro Teahupo’o being one of the deadliest big wave competitions in the world to this present date".

Billabong Pro Teahupoo Competition[edit]

The ASP Billabong Pro Teahupo’o is dissected into four parts and is based an elimination process. The first is composed of the competitive heats. The second is composed of the Quarter Finals. The third is composed of the Semi Finals. And the fourth and last part of the competition composes of the Finals. Once this process of the Billabong Pro Teahupoo competition is completed, then a Billabong Pro Teahupoo Champion is named.


The Billabong Pro Teahupo’o event gives birth to a new champion each and every year. The past champions of the listed ASP competition are located below.

Year Winner Nation Score Runner-Up Nation Score Prizemoney
1999 Mark Occhilupo  Australia 14.50 CJ Hobgood  United States 9.50 $120,600 [1]
2000 Kelly Slater  United States 25.55 Shane Dorian  United States 20.25 $135,600 [2]
2001 Cory Lopez  United States 25.05 CJ Hobgood  United States 23.85 $250,000 [3]
2002 Andy Irons Hawaii Hawaii 22.65 Luke Egan  Australia 20.50 $250,000 [4]
2003 Kelly Slater  United States 19.57 Taj Burrow  Australia 14.83 $250,000 [5]
2004 CJ Hobgood  United States 16.66 Nathan Hedge  Australia 8.67 $260,000 [6]
2005 Kelly Slater  United States 20.00 Damien Hobgood  United States 17.5 $270,000 [7]
2006 Bobby Martinez  United States 16.27 Fred Patacchia Hawaii Hawaii 16.07 $280,000 [8]
2007 Damien Hobgood  United States 16.60 Mick Fanning  Australia 16.20 $300,000 [9]
2008 Bruno Santos  Brazil 9.16 Manoa Drollet  French Polynesia 6.83 $320,000 [10]
2009 Bobby Martinez  United States 18.46 Taj Burrow  Australia 16.10 $340,000[11]
2010 Andy Irons Hawaii Hawaii 14.67 CJ Hobgood  United States 8.33 $400,000 [12]
2011 Kelly Slater  United States 18.43 Owen Wright  Australia 17.10 [13] $425,000 [14]
2012 Mick Fanning  Australia 18.87 Joel Parkinson  Australia 18.37 [15] $425,000 [14]
2013 Adrian Buchan  Australia 18.94 Kelly Slater  United States 17.90 [16] $425,000
2014 Gabriel Medina  Brazil 18.96 Kelly Slater  United States 18.93 [17] $500,000 [18]
2015 Jeremy Flores  France 16.87 Gabriel Medina  Brazil 13.20
2016 Kelly Slater  United States 19.67 John John Florence Hawaii Hawaii 15.23
2017 Julian Wilson  Australia 18.96 Gabriel Medina Brazil Brazil 17.87
2018 Gabriel Medina Brazil Brazil 13.50 Owen Wright  Australia 12.07

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17. Steve Robertson and Kim Kempton. Celebrating perfect 10’s at Billabong Pro Teahupoo. (2010).

18. Billabong Pro Teahupoo. (2012).


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  10. ^ "Billabong Pro Tahiti 2008" (PDF). ASP. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-02-06.
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  18. ^ "event pdf - 2014 Billabong Pro Tahiti". Archived from the original on 2014-09-01.

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