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We promise this won't (really) hurt.

Wanna win a new surfboard? We have a custom Chilli ‘Black Vulture’ to gift (plus all the trim you’d expect from a premium dealer). To be in the running, just answer a few questions for us. It won’t take long.

Mr Coleborn, this is your wake up call.
Mitch Crews beat Miguel Pupo. When it started crumbling more, regulars had a little advantage over goofies.
Mr Coleborn, this is your wake up call.
More Fijian-looking than Tahitian, but we'll take it anytime.
Kerrzy, swing number two.
There were still shades of yesterday.
Simpo, an unlikely victor over Jordy given recent results from both gents.
Jordy gave Simpo his jersey to take back to the marshall after losing.
John John looks over the edge of a magnificent fold.
And John John, beneath the edge of a magnificent fold.
Just hold on, we're going home.
Hai!
BS tube-packing doesn't look much better than when done by this little devil.
The most exciting moment from Bede and Micro's heat. ASP/Will H-S
Julian, when things were looking up.
This wave could've potentially sent Jules to round three. As soon as cheek kissed wax, it was over.
Aritz grew up surfing Mundaka. He is in the world's top five pig-doggers. Know this.
Distractions in the channel.
Water World.
Paradise city.
More Aritz form.
Freddy P looked amazing, too.
He nearly got Aritz.
And then this. All's fair, etc.
Except for when waves like this came through.
Crewsy on the buzzer beater.
Sea Bass and his 9.97.
John John likes Tahiti, perhaps more than most.

Some of our favourite things from day two at the Billabong Pro, Tahiti

(All photos by Domenic Mosqueira @dmosqphoto)

Day two at the 2014 Billabong Pro, Tahiti was not, and would never be, as exciting as opening day. With the swell peaking yesterday, the sun broke on a toned-down but still very beautiful Chopes. Round two was in the water with Josh Kerr and last-minute call Mitch Coleborn. Kerrzy clocked a 17.90 total and while Mitch looked good, he took one particularly entertaining (for all but him) wipeout. Next, Brett Simpson beat Jordy Smith, the latter of whom admitted that he was kinda rattled from the beatings he wore yesterday. John John Florence, though not in the highest-scoring form, beat Raoni Monteiro. Bede Durbidge beat Glenn Hall in the lowest scoring heat of the day. Julian Wilson needed a one-point score over Tiago Pires and with 30 seconds remaining, and took off on a set; The lip crumbled and didn't hold up so Jules straightened out, and was bucked into sitting position by the whitewash. Aside from the unideal implications the moment held for Jules, it was entertaining and undeniably funny to watch. Then came the surprising highlight of the day: Aritz Aranburu's victory over Freddy P, featuring two 17 point combined totals (Aritz with the higher decimal, .46 over Freddy's .04) and a thrilling paddle battle. Thanks to Trav Logie's injury, CJ Hobgood progressed without getting wet. Then, Mitch Crews beat Miguel Pupo, and Miggie furiously punched his board for like 20 seconds which is a pretty long time to punch your board non-stop. And finally, Sea Bass beat Alejo Muniz, clocking a 9.97 in the process – the days highest score. And ... siren.

Now, we wait til tomorrow.

Billabong Pro Tahiti Round 2 Results (1st to Round 3, 2nd finishes Equal 25th):
Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.17 def. Taumata Puhetini (PFY) 12.50
Heat 2: Nathan Hedge (AUS) 12.00 def. Adriano De Souza (BRA) 11.77
Heat 3: Josh Kerr (AUS) 17.90 def. Mitch Coleborn (AUS) 11.24
Heat 4: Brett Simpson (USA) 11.50 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 5.33
Heat 5: John John Florence (HAW) 11.00 def. Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 2.43
Heat 6: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 6.33 def. Glenn Hall (IRL) 2.93
Heat 7: Tiago Pires (PRT) 7.77 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 7.60
Heat 8: Aritz Aranburu (ESP) 17.46 def. Fredrick Patacchia Jr. (HAW) 17.04
Heat 9: C.J. Hobgood (USA) direct advance to Round 3, Travis Logie (ZAF) withdrawn following injury
Heat 10: Mitch Crews (AUS) 10.17 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 8.60
Heat 11: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 15.80 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 2.00

Billabong Pro Tahiti Round 2 Upcoming Match-Ups (1st to Round 3, 2nd finishes Equal 25th):
Heat 12: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)

Billabong Pro Tahiti Round 3 Match-Ups (1st to Round 4, 2nd finishes Equal 13th):
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Heat 3: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Aritz Aranburu (ESP)
Heat 4: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Mitch Crews (AUS)
Heat 5: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. C.J. Hobgood (USA)
Heat 6: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Nathan Hedge (AUS)
Heat 7: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 8: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Sebastian Zietz (HAW)
Heat 9: Nat Young (USA) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 10: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 11: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. TBD
Heat 12: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Dion Atkinson (AUS)

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