The swell was no secret, and when it arrived on cue for the final of the Billabong Pro Tahiti, Gabriel Medina stepped up and beat Kelly Slater in the heaviest contest of the 2014 ASP season.
The surf for the ASP World Tour's Billabong Pro Tahiti was expected to be massive. And indeed it was. Here are the highlights of the world's best surfers in epic conditions.
Posted up at the "End of the Road" in Tahiti for the Billabong Pro Tahiti, the surf's turned on, and some of the world's best surfers are shining brightest without a jersey on.
Sure the surf at Teahupoo was perfect for Rounds 1 and 2 at the Billabong Pro Tahiti, but there was no shortage of epic wipeouts, either.
The opening rounds of the Billabong Pro Tahiti have been blessed with some classic conditions, but judging by the forecast, it's only going to get better.
At the halfway point of the ASP World Tour season, Gabriel Medina leads the pack going into Tahiti. But there's a whole crew hot on his heels, including 11-time world champ Kelly Slater.
Welcome to the terrordome! No wave on the ASP World Tour is as feared as Teahupo'o -- which translated means "wall of skulls." Here's who to watch for this year.
The surf pumped for the ASP J-Bay Open where, in a classic duel featuring longtime friends Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson, it was Fanning that came away with the win.
Fergal Smith had dreams of being the first ASP World Tour surfer from Ireland, but today he's content to stay home in the Emerald Isles, charging big waves and tending his garden.
After a couple of years of being left off the ASP World Tour schedule, it's good to have Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, back. Look no further than the photographic highlights from a great contest to see why.
It's not easy being a rookie on the ASP World Tour, but after what Mitch Crews has been through, beating guys like Kelly Slater is nothing more than a day at the beach.
It's been a few years since the ASP World Tour pulled into Jeffreys Bay, but with an intriguing world title race in the making, it's a welcome addition to the '14 schedule.
After a two-year hiatus, Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, is back on the ASP World Tour schedule, and guys like Kelly Slater and Joel Parkinson are looking to put their veteran experience to good use.
Winning the Fiji Pro with a dominating performance, Gabriel Medina has won his second event of the 2014 ASP World Tour season and seized control of the race for the world title.
Gabriel Medina wins the 2014 Fiji Pro and rises to the top of the ASP World Tour rankings, but that's hardly the only story line that played out at Cloudbreak.
If Kelly Slater ever wants to capture that elusive 12th ASP World Title, he's going to have to get on one of his trademark rolls. What better place to start than the Fiji Pro?