As the biggest swell of the year hit Teahupoo, the lineup was closed to all but a handful of surfers, the production crew for the remake of "Point Break."
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.
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.
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.
Twenty-year-old San Clemente surfer Kolohe Andino has landed many high-profile sponsorships, including one with VISA. Here's a behind the scenes look of a commercial shoot at Teahupoo leading up to the Billabong Pro Tahiti.
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.
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.
Few places in the world embody a surf paradise quite like Tahiti. With summer here, it's time to head back down south and jump in that warm, tropical water.
From Maui to Nazare, Half Moon Bay to Teahupoo, 2014 was a good year for big-wave surfing. Look no further than the winning waves for proof.
Billabong writes brand value down to zero deeming it essentially worthless. Subsidiary brands like Element Skateboards also written down
Ace Buchan won the Billabong Pro Tahiti, but as Hurley's "Tour Notes" reveals, the real story may be the growing rivalry between John John Florence and Kelly Slater.
It was a long day of surfing at Teahupoo, but by the end Australia's Ace Buchan upset Kelly Slater in the final of the Billabong Pro Tahiti for his second world tour victory.
Wildcards caused some major upsets on the first day of the waiting period at the Billabong Pro Tahiti, but Slater, Parkinson and Smith still lead the hunt early.
The surf was five-foot and perfect for day two of the Billbong Pro Tahiti, and Mick Fanning, John John Florence and Jeremy Flores capitalized with some perfection of their own.