Historic day of Bodyboarding at the 2017 Teahupo’o Tahiti Challenge

Historic day of Bodyboarding at the 2017 Teahupo’o Tahiti Challenge

April 25, 2017, will forever be remembered as one of the most incredible days in the history of competitive Bodyboarding.

Story originally published on Surfer Today

The second day of competition of the 2017 Teahupo’o Tahiti Challenge got underway in epic eight-to-twelve-foot waves at the infamous “End of the Road” Teahupo’o. There were breath-taking air drops and scary wipeouts plus major upsets and huge air moves!

The swell forecast indicated that giant surf would bless the world’s best bodyboarders, and the Tahitian break didn’t disappoint. Riders were invited to drop into steep walls of fast-moving water over the most dangerous coral reef wave location in the world.

Local competitors once again dominated the Teahupoo beast in Round 2. Hitoti Henry, Nicolas Poilvet, Julien Miremont, Manea Fabisch, Angelo Faraire, and Nai Oliver won their elimination heats and moved through to Round 3.

Alex Uranga also got his revenge. After failing to win his Round 1 heat, the Spaniard (Basque) earned the first Perfect 10-point ride of the main event with a solid, deep barrel. In the end, Uranga nailed a two-wave total of 18.67 points.

Australian’s Garth McGregor and Lewy Finnegan put up stelar performances in their heats as they both mastered the heavy tubes on offer and advanced into Round 3. McGregor put everything on the line as he battled with one of the best big wave riders in the world Rusty Freisen (USA). Finnegan on the other hand was too good for the 2016 event runner-up Cedrik Estall who has grown up in front of the Teahupo’o his entire life.

The Hawaiians Dave Hubbard and Patrick Orr charged hard in Heats 7 and 8 to progress to another round and stay alive in the competition.

In Round 3, what was the biggest upset of the day, defending event champion Jeff Hubbard fell at the hands of Australian sensation Paul Blaz who came from the trials event on day one with an epic exchange of tube riding that saw Blaz take the lead in the final minute that saw current world number 1 Hubbard end his chances of winning in Tahiti for a consecutive year with a 17th position, while Dudu Pedra kept raising the Brazilian flag high in the air with yet another impressive performance securing the second ten point ride over local favourite Tahurai Henry in amazing Teahupoo.

Heats 9 through to 12 are set to run on the final day on Friday 28th April as another epic swell is predicted to hit the southern coast of the island of Tahiti where contest officials will be gearing up for an conclusion to crown the 2017  Teahupo’o Tahiti Challenge on Friday afternoon.

2017 Teahupoo Tahiti Challenge | Round 2 Results

Heat 1: Hitoti Henry (PYF) 16.67, Sacha Damjanic (CHI) 10.77
Heat 2: Manea Fabisch (PYF) 14.67, Eric Gomez (MOR) 12.77
Heat 3: Nicolas Poilvet (PYF) 11.10 Maxime Castillo (FRA) 7.50
Heat 4: Angelo Faraire (PYF) 14.83, Greg Howlett (AUS) 9.10
Heat 5: Laury Grenier (REU) 15.27, PJ Tarkat (PRI) 14.07
Heat 6: Alex Uranga (SPA) 18.67, Sacha Damjanic (CHI) 10.73
Heat 7: Dave Hubbard (HAW) 15.00, Tumuria Taerea (PYF) 11.47
Heat 8: Patrick Orr (HAW) 14.77, Alvino Tupuai (PYF) 4.43
Heat 9: Garth McGregor (AUS) 17.60, Rusty Friesen (USA) 16.50
Heat 10:Lewy Finnegan (AUS) 14.00, Cedric Estall (PYF) 4.83
Heat 11: Julien Miremont (PYF) 10.60, Sebastian Krefft (CHI) 7.90
Heat 12: Nai Oliver (PYF) 14.17, Jacob Romero (HAW) 14.00

2017 Teahupoo Tahiti Challenge | Round 3 Results

Heat 1: Dave Hubbard (HAW) 14.40, Martin Mouradian (GUA) 10.67
Heat 2: Jared Houston (RSA) 15.83, Laury Grenier (REU) 13.60
Heat 3: Nicolas Poilvet (PYF) 15.50, Tanner McDaniel (HAW) 15.20
Heat 4: Dudu Pedra (BRA) 18.60, Tahurai Henry (PYF) 5.37
Heat 5: Julien Miremont (PYF) 13.17, Manea Fabisch (PYF) 12.77
Heat 6: Paul Blaz (AUS) 15.00, Jeff Hubbard (HAW) 14.43
Heat 7: Alex Uranga (SPA) 16.17, Nai Oliver (PYF) 3.40
Heat 8: Patrick Orr (HAW) 17.83, Angelo Faraire (PYF) 15.07
Heat 9,10,11,12 (Next event day)

2017 Teahupoo Tahiti Challenge | Round 3 Matchups

Lewy Finnegan (AUS) Nicolas Richard (PYF)
Mike Stewart (HAW) Ryan Gallina (HAW)
Garth McGregor (AUS) Thibault Casabianca (PYF)
Amaury Lavernhe (REU) Hitoti Henry (PYF)

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