“The Billabong Pro Tahiti Trials are easily surfing’s toughest qualifying lap. On Tuesday, 16 of the best local Tahitians battled it out with 16 international surfers today for a single wildcard spot in the main event. There were gnarled veterans, up-and-coming free-surfing freaks and some of the biggest superstars of the sport all battling in the Teahupo’o gladiator pit for a single golden ticket.
The semifinals pitted Taumata Puhetini vs. Nathan Hedge and Koa Smith vs. Aritz Aranburu.
But in the end, it came down to the two men from across the world, former Championship Tour surfers Aranburu vs. Hedge. And even then, it was close. The final score was Hedge’s 13.33 to Aranburu’s 13.43, making for a nail-biter of a finish. With his win, Aranburu, from Basque country, will go up against the Top 32 when the Billabong Pro Tahiti kicks off Friday.”
The only Spain rider on the Tahiti Pro 2017
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