Gettin’ Ready To Rumble At Chopes

Peru's Alvaro Malpartida snags the wave of the day right under the noses of the Top 45. Photo: Jones

Peru's Alvaro Malpartida snags the wave of the day right under the noses of the Top 45. Photo: Jones

Damien Hobgood's pass by at small Teahupo‘o. Photo: Jones

Damien Hobgood's pass by at small Teahupo‘o. Photo: Jones

With his compact body and low center of gravity, Damien Hobgood can handle the small stuff at Chopes with the best of 'em. Photo: Jones

With his compact body and low center of gravity, Damien Hobgood can handle the small stuff at Chopes with the best of 'em. Photo: Jones

The view from the pit at Teahupo‘o. Photo: Jones

The view from the pit at Teahupo‘o. Photo: Jones

Bobby Martinez's shaved dome is perfect for repelling water... Photo: Jones

Bobby Martinez's shaved dome is perfect for repelling rogue water drops... Photo: Jones

Unidentified with a sweet little Chopes shack. Photo: Jones

Unidentified with a sweet little Chopes shack. Photo: Jones

Underrated and under-appreciated Drew Courtney gets kegged off his ass while gearing up for the 2010 Billabong Pro Tahiti. Photo: Jones

Underrated and under-appreciated Drew Courtney gets kegged off his ass while gearing up for the 2010 Billabong Pro Tahiti. Photo: Jones

Up close and personal with Mr. Taj Burrow and those damn water spots. Photo: Jones

Up close and personal with Mr. Taj Burrow and those damn water spots. Photo: Jones

Damien "Layback Larry" Hobgood. Photo: Jones

Damien "Layback Larry" Hobgood. Photo: Jones

World Tour rookie Tanner Gudauskas is looking for a solid result to keep him on tour and there's no better place for the young goofyfoot to get one than at Teahupo‘o. Photo: Jones

World Tour rookie Tanner Gudauskas is looking for a solid result to keep him on tour and there's no better place for the young goofyfoot to get one than at Teahupo‘o. Photo: Jones

Taj Burrow—who stays with Tahitiian surfer Hira Terinatoofa while he's on Tahiti—is definitely a threat to win the Billabong Pro Tahiti, especially if the waves are on the smaller side. Photo: Jones

Taj Burrow—who stays with Tahitiian surfer Hira Terinatoofa while he's on Tahiti—is definitely a threat to win the Billabong Pro Tahiti, especially if the waves are on the smaller side. Photo: Jones

Reared in slabbing lefts,World Tour rookie Owen Wright is also a threat to take the event. Photo: Jones

Reared in slabbing lefts,World Tour rookie Owen Wright is also a threat to take the event. Photo: Jones

Steep and deep with Damien Hobgood as he prepares for the Billabong Pro Tahiti which could begin any day now. Photo: Jones

Steep and deep with Damien Hobgood as he prepares for the Billabong Pro Tahiti which could begin any day now. Photo: Jones

With a few trips to Teahupo‘o under his belt, California's Pat Gudauskas is getting more and more comfortable out at "The World's Heaviet Wave." Photo: Jones

With a few trips to Teahupo‘o under his belt, California's Pat Gudauskas is getting more and more comfortable out at "The World's Heaviest Wave." Photo: Jones

Bobby Martinez's one-two punch out at small Teahupo‘o as he and the rest of the World Tour prepare for th start of the 2010 Billabong Pro Tahiti. Sequence: Jones

Bobby Martinez's in-your-face-gouge at small Teahupo‘o as he and the rest of the World Tour prepare for the start of the 2010 Billabong Pro Tahiti. Sequence: Jones

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