Teahupoo Bites Back
Sure, Rounds 1 and 2 of the Billabong Pro Tahiti saw some of the most perfect surf the ASP World Tour has experienced all year. And while there was no shortage of high-scoring rides, there were plenty of moments that didn't go as planned. Here's big Bede Durbidge "body surfing" his way through a thick one. Click through for more epic wipeouts at Teahupoo.
Not Quite Perfect
This ride went from bad to worse in the blink of an eye ... that happens fairly regularly when guys are hucking themselves over the ledge in pursuit of perfect scores.
Owen Wright looks like he's about to be eaten alive by the foam ball, but you have to applaud the effort.
Sometimes hanging on by a toenail isn't even enough.
Kai Otton had a heck of a Round 1 heat, but he also felt the wrath of Teahupoo's giant barrels.
While his twin brother, CJ Hobgood, took the wipeout of the contest thus far, Damien bailed pretty hard during the pre-event free surf sessions.
When a set like this looms on the horizon, all you can do is paddle for your life and hope to get under it. Mitch Coleborn gets off easy in Round 1.
Adam Melling pulls the ripcord as things go from bad to worse.
Top to Bottom
Catch a rail, and pay the price.
If wipeouts were judged like Olympic diving, this poor chap would be well on his way to sticking a perfect landing.
Mick Fanning leads a charmed life, but occasionally he finds himself in some unenviable positions.
Mid Flight Turbulence
What's that song by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers? Oh yeah, "Free Fallin'."
Bruno Santos is one of the best Brazilians to ever surf Teahupoo, but that doesn't mean he enjoys a 100 percent success rate.
Somewhere in there is an ASP surfer paying some serious dues.
Mark Richards was known as the "Wounded Gull" for his wingspan style. The world champ, Mick Fanning, goes with more of the lame-duck approach.