Stab Magazine | Day three of the 2012 Billabong Pro, Tahiti

Day three of the 2012 Billabong Pro, Tahiti

The Billabong Pro, Tahiti will finish tomorrow. Without Kelly Slater. The Floridian was eliminated early on by trials winner Ricardo Dos Santos. But, luckily the champ’s a great sport and stuck around to offer some commentary for most of today’s action. Stab logged some of his more succinct (and not so succinct) views, the most premium of which […]

news // Mar 8, 2016
Words by stab
Reading Time: 4 minutes

The Billabong Pro, Tahiti will finish tomorrow. Without Kelly Slater. The Floridian was eliminated early on by trials winner Ricardo Dos Santos. But, luckily the champ’s a great sport and stuck around to offer some commentary for most of today’s action. Stab logged some of his more succinct (and not so succinct) views, the most premium of which you can cut through below to get an overall sense of how the day unfolded.

“I have a question,” mused Kelly. “Did anyone else want to start later in the day? ‘Cause I really did. I’m not saying that only now because it’s good. I’m saying that because of the forecast and how bad it was when we started the contest today. It was horrendous this morning, and we all knew it was gonna get better, lighter winds, better conditions, and I heard the argument that we might not’ve been able to finish this round, but… who cares?”

Jeremy Flores, who last year posted two 10s in a heat, posted another one today. But, according to Kelly, it came too early and would be his undoing. And, as usual, Kelly was right. Jeremy couldn’t back-up. “It’s actually really tough when you get a 10 early in a heat,” said Kelly. “I’ve seen as many heats lost as won when the 10 happens early. You almost lose that little bit of nervous anxiety that keeps you focused. I’ve had 10s out here, but I’ve never had a heat where I’ve had a 10 and I was comfortable. That’s the thing with Teahupoo, you could theoretically catch two 10s out here within one minute of each other, so you’re never safe.”

And, now for some shorter snippets. Here’s what Kelly Slater says about…

How y’want a good Chopes wave to unfold: “It’s like watching a play or something, you want it to climax late in the ride, not early. You don’t want it to spit and then be done, before you ever come out. If it gets smaller and then you come out, it’s not that exciting. You want the opposite. You want it to be slow and then big and then blow you out the end.”

Damien Hobgood: “He’s one of the best of all time out here. Him and his brother sit wide, even when they freesurf, they’re never the deepest guy. And it’s not ’cause they’re scared, they know what waves they’re looking for (the west bowls).”

Being wave-starved for eight days: “I’ve only caught about 10 waves out here this year. There’s been so few waves to ride this whole week, I was gonna go home on Monday and come back on Saturday.”

Quads in barrels: “They’re really fast. Miguel, CJ, Parko, everyone’s been riding them. Slowly but surely guys are coming around, and I feel like I’m losing my advantage.”

Owen Wright: “On the beach he’s like, friendly and is who he is, but in the water he’s very competitive and… I don’t wanna say intense ’cause he doesn’t look intense, but he’s very focused and he just knows what he’s doing. He’s really good at making his decisions and sticking to them, he’s really confident.”

Mick Fanning: “Mick’s put in a lot of time out here and the one year he put in a ton of time, he made the finals. And he really improved his surfing out here especially, but also overall in barrels. And he was committed to that.”

Ricardo Dos Santos: “I don’t know much about him. In fact, last year out here, I didn’t know much about him at all except that he won the trials and the waves were good. And this year it was small and he won the trials again, so you’ve gotta expect he’s basically pretty good in all the conditions out here.”

The artesian water bottle on the desk in the commentator’s booth: “And by the way, this is not a bottle of vodka. This is water. A really classy bottle of water.”

Contest resumes at 7am local time tomorrow and, as Kelly says: “Wait til tomorrow morning. It’s going to be a whole different ball game out here. I’m saying double this size. It’s likely gonna be scary size in the morning. So, we’ll see what happens.”

Heat 1: 
Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.17 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 8.34
Heat 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) 13.83 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 9.37
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.04 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 11.00
Heat 4: Owen Wright (AUS) 18.30 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 17.50
Heat 5: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 18.30 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 15.17
Heat 6: Ricardo dos Santos (BRA) 18.34 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 16.44
Heat 7: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 12.83 def. Taylor Knox (USA) 4.47
Heat 8: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 15.60 def. Heitor Alves (BRA) 12.60
Heat 9: Damien Hobgood (USA) 15.10 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 11.93
Heat 10: John John Florence (HAW) 13.30 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 13.17
Heat 11: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 13.60 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 4.73
Heat 12: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 16.87 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 10.67

Heat 1: 
Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.60, Taj Burrow (AUS) 9.10, Julian Wilson (AUS) 2.80
Heat 2: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 16.76, Owen Wright (AUS) 15.60, Ricardo dos Santos (BRA) 9.67
Heat 3: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.23, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 17.77, Damien Hobgood (USA) 14.47
Heat 4: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.83, John John Florence (HAW) 7.00, Kieren Perrow (AUS) 3.23

Heat 1: 
Ricardo dos Santos (BRA) vs. Taj Burrow (AUS)
Heat 2: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Julian Wilson (AUS)
Heat 3: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Heat 4: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Damien Hobgood (USA)



Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up


Most Recent

Mountains Died So You Could Surf

The value of sand.

Aug 15, 2022


UPDATE: People Are Still Surfing ‘La Jetee’ in Reunion Island

Returning to the best & sharkiest air wave in the world, as seen in Mod…

Aug 14, 2022

These Are Your Favorite (Female) Surfers

What the Stab reader survey teaches us about taste.

Aug 14, 2022


Kelly and Local Gal to Win Teahupo’o?

Local insights and a firing forecast.

Aug 13, 2022

These Are Your Favorite (Male) Surfers

Insights from the 2022 Stab Reader survey.

Aug 13, 2022


Fear And Loathing in Mainland Mex

Parker Coffin, Harry Roach, and the Roark crew embark on an authentic Oaxacan (surf) trip.

Aug 13, 2022

Tahiti Preview: The End Of The Road For 72% Of The CT

And hello there, blob of swell.

Aug 12, 2022


While Everyone Flocked To Tahiti, Kelly Stayed in Jbay

...And proceeded to rip the hell out of it on a "borrowed" 5-finned Tomo.

Aug 11, 2022


Can A GQ Cover Boy Take Out Teahupo’o?

Kauli Vaast is your incredibly handsome Tahiti trials winner.

Aug 11, 2022

Watch: Ramble On With Caity Simmers 

An action-rich tour behind the scenes of her triumphant first voyage to Oz.

Aug 11, 2022

PSA: Surf Filmers Not Welcome In Nicaragua

Cameras and drones are being seized on arrival, Stab spoke with two recent visitors.

Aug 11, 2022

Inside The Alternative Surfboard Marketing Machine 

Two of the biz's best — Matt Parker and Blake Peters — spill many beans.

Aug 10, 2022

The Tragic Parallels Between The Murder Of Ricardo Dos Santos & 8x World Jiu Jitsu Champion Leandro Lo

Two Brazilian sporting icons killed brazenly by off-duty police officers.

Aug 9, 2022

The Pick-Up, Vans US Open: In The Belly Of The Beast

Finger flips, shaping with Zion Wright, slurpees, Hawaiian takeovers, and the king of Surfline rewinds.

Aug 8, 2022

Albee Layer Discusses His Not-So-Budding Acting Career And The Upcoming Film “Sweet Adventure”

"Matt and Nora were tripping a little harder than I was just because they weren't…

Aug 8, 2022

Zeke Lau & Bettylou Sakura Johnson Win The Vans US Open Of Surfing 

Hawaii dominates HB.

Aug 8, 2022

How A Former CT Surfer Gets “Absolute Beginners” Barreled In A Matter Of Months

Luke Stedman elaborates on his Blackball surf programs.

Aug 7, 2022


Sweeter Than Stolen Honey 

A versatile Haydenshapes x Dylan Graves HP (and soft board) tested in weird waves.

Aug 7, 2022