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Billabong Pro Teahupoo
Date: August 11-22, 2018
Location: Tahupoo, Tahiti
Surfing Betting Odds: The ASP World Tour has one event every year which is more dangerous and more thrilling than any other, and it's the one which all of the top surfers really look forward to. The Billabong Pro Teahupoo in Tahiti is always one of the most watched surfing competitions on the calendar. This year, that takes place from Friday, August 11 through the finals on Tuesday, August 22.
What makes the Billabong Pro Teahupoo so dangerous is the fact that this is the only natural wave break in the world which breaks below sea level. As a result, it's an incredible challenge just to stay on the board. Though no professional surfers have ever died during the Billabong Pro Teahupoo, waves have claimed the lives of many over the years in this area.
A total of 36 surfers come to Tahiti every year to compete in the Billabong Pro Teahupoo. After three rounds of heats in which each surfer gets scored based on his performance on two waves, the field is chopped to 12. The winners of those three-man heats advance on to the quarterfinals in which the surfers go head-to-head for spots in the semifinals, then head-to-head again for spots in the final.
Kelly Slater has a history of being the man when it comes to slaying the waves in Tahiti. He captured the second ever title at the Billabong Pro Teahupoo in 2000, and he's gone on to win four different times in his career here. Over the course of the last nine years though, we've had nine different champions in this event. The most recent winner is France's Jeremy Flores who put away the previous defending champion, Gabriel Medina in the final. It was the first time a Frenchman won the Billabong Pro Teahupoo after years of dominance by Australians (three championships) and Americans (nine).
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