The Billabong Pro — being held amid some of the most hollow and dangerous waves in the world, with famous left barrels — resumed Tuesday in clean three- to- four-foot waves for the completion of Round 2 and the first 12 heats of Round 3.
The Billabong Pro Tahiti, the fifth of 10 events on the 2010 ASP World Tour, played host to an incredible day of surf action. There were major upsets to those in the hunt for the ASP World Title as well as surfers falling off the Dream Tour, the result of the midyear cut-off from the ASP Top 45 to the Top 34 (top 32 finishers plus two wild cards).
The day's major upset was Jordy Smith, title front-runner and last event winner, losing to Manoa Drollet, the local surfer and event wild card. Drollet used his local knowledge to control the heat from the onset and continually scored higher than Smith on the better-set waves.