Billabong Pro Tahiti: Day 3 Photos And Pat G’s Rodeo Flip

It wouldn't be Tahiti without a rainbow... Photo: Bielmann/SPL

It wouldn't be Tahiti without a rain squall, foul weather gear, boats, and a rainbow. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Mick Fanning battled a stiff sideshore wind and a revved up wildcard in Tamaroa McComb during his round three victory in the Billabong Pro Tahiti. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Mick Fanning battled a stiff sideshore wind and a revved up wildcard in Tamaroa McComb during his round three victory in the Billabong Pro Tahiti. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

There's a reason the mountains in this part of Tahiti are so green... Photo: Bielmann/SPL

There's a reason the mountains in this part of Tahiti are so green... Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Pat Gudauskas' career-saving rodeo flip. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Pat Gudauskas' career-saving rodeo flip. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

According to local legend, there used to be foot races through these mountains and to the east side of the island, and like most stories from these parts, it's said that the loser had his head chopped off. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

According to local legend, there used to be foot races through these mountains and to the east side of the island, and like most stories from these parts, it's said that the loser had his head chopped off. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Matt Wilkinson went with airs and turns to make his way to round three of the Billabong Pro Tahiti, but against Andy Irons the tricks didn't pay off and he was eliminated from the event. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Matt Wilkinson went with airs and turns to make his way to round three of the Billabong Pro Tahiti, but against Andy Irons the tricks didn't pay off and he was eliminated from the event. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Like most Tahitians, the Maoni family pictured here is one of the most gracious, hospitable, and fun-loving bunches in the world. As well, Karyl Maoni (blue tank top) is a 7-time world champion in canoe paddling. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Like most Tahitians, the Maoni family pictured here is one of the most gracious, hospitable, and fun-loving bunches in the world. As well, Karyl Maoni (blue tank top) is a 7-time world champion in canoe paddling. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Andy Irons continued his great run at Teahupo‘o with a round three victory over Matt Wilkinson. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Andy Irons continued his great run at Teahupo‘o with a round three victory over Matt Wilkinson. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

The ocean in these parts is alive and well as witnessed by this whale breaching just offshore of the contest. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

The ocean in these parts is alive and well as witnessed by this whale breaching just offshore of the contest. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Looks like Michel Bourez is pretty happy to be home... The Spartan will go up against Adrian "Ace" Buchan when competition resumes. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Looks like Michel Bourez is pretty happy to be home... The Spartan will go up against Adrian "Ace" Buchan when competition resumes. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Pat Gudauskas' rodeo flip in round three of the Billabong Pro Tahiti saved his spot on the World Tour. Sequence: Bielmann/SPL

Pat Gudauskas' rodeo flip in round three of the Billabong Pro Tahiti saved his spot on the World Tour. Sequence: Bielmann/SPL

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