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.
Recognizing surfing's roots, filmmaker Jack McCoy hands off his magnum opus "Deeper Shade of Blue" to the people and state of Hawaii
Owen Wright edges out Adam Melling to get his 2013 campaign started with a win at the Breaka Burleigh Pro
Owen Wright on his lifelong love affair with Pipeline
Mikey Wright and Italy's Leonardo Fioravanti score in Indo
Owen Wright on where the tour's headed and why kids need to carve.
The waves were there, then they weren't, but one way or another there were some great moments at the 2012 Billabong Pro Tahiti.
Clean conditions, big performances set the tone for round two of Billabong Pro Tahiti
This is more like a dream tour
With a tight title race, the ASP boys head to the most vicious venue on the tour
Examining the ASP prizemoney breakdown
For Owen and Tyler Wright world tour success is a family affair.
Long Beach, N.Y., surfer Balaram Stack is the central figure in the upcoming 15-minute documentary, "Stacked."
Mick Fanning takes an early exit while Kelly Slater, Owen Wright and Joel Parkinson advance at 2012 Quik Gold Coast Pro
Instant's new Wavegarden project breaks ground