Wave High

Inside Sport - - THE NUMBERS -

The waves at Teahupo’o for the Bil­l­abong Pro Tahiti (ends Aug 30) are not only gor­geous to look at, they’re renowned as the most dan­ger­ous on the cir­cuit – it stands to rea­son that last year’s win­ner, French­man Jeremy Flores, surfed while wear­ing a hel­met. With treach­ery and big scores lurk­ing in equal mea­sure, the con­test in French Poly­ne­sia oen turns into a tac­ti­cal one, with the con­tenders mov­ing steadily amid the wipe-outs. And past the mid­point of the sea­son, Tahiti re­ally brings the ti­tle race into clearer view – Aussie Ma  Wilkin­son’s surprise lead, built atop wins at Snap­per and Bells, has held up, but the fan­cied likes of Gabriel Me­d­ina and John John Florence have be­gun their move up the board.

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