TEAHUPOO, TAHITI (HawaiiNewsNow) – Some say the 2011 Billabong Pro Tahiti will be remembered as one of the greatest surf contests in history.
In fact the surf was so large the contest was put on hold while tow-in specialists took over.
Taking place on the ridiculously shallow break known as Teahupoo, the razor sharp reef is only a few feet under 25+ foot waves.
Surfers who decided to take a chance on the huge waves were Bruce Irons, Kamalei Alexander, Dean Bowen, Dylan Longbottom, Laurie Towner, Keala Kennelly and Danilo Costa.
The competition wrapped up on Monday, reigning 10-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater beat out Owen Wright of Australia for the win.
"I felt like I finally hit my stride in the Semifinals this morning," Slater said. "In the Final, I fell on a couple of waves that were maybe better than what I ended up getting scored on. It put the pressure on me, and took the pressure off him (Wright). He got that really big one at the end that could have gotten pretty close to the score. These are the best conditions this event has ever run in. It's been a phenomenal week."
Slater's win shots him into the No. 1 spot after a number of top seeds suffered early eliminations.
"I thought it was an incredible Final," Wright said. "We both got really good waves and I felt like I did what I needed to on them. Kelly (Slater) just happened to find ones that opened up a little better. Congrats to him, and hoping I can get him in the next one."
Monday's win marked Slater's 47th elite tour victory