Teahupo‘o Fires Up Post Billabong Pro

Murphy’s Law—the one that has blessed the Air Tahiti Nui/Von Zipper Teahupo‘o Trials with perfect surf year after year while shunning the main event—rears its ugly head for a select few of Teahupo‘o chargers like Hawaiians Kamalei Alexander, Hank Gaskell and California pros Dane and Pat Gudauskas…

After scoring in the Air Tahiti Nui/Von Zipper Teahupo‘o trials, Kamalei Alexander returned to Chopes for the next swell and got kegged again. Talk about good timing... Photo: Jones

After scoring in the Air Tahiti Nui/Von Zipper Teahupo‘o trials, Kamalei Alexander returned to Chopes for the next swell and got kegged again. Talk about good timing... Photo: Jones/Stryker

After watching his brothers Tanner and Pat score Teahupo‘o during the Billabong Pro Tahiti, Dane Gudauskas had to get some for himself. Photo: Jones

After watching his brothers Tanner and Pat score Teahupo‘o during the Billabong Pro Tahiti, Dane Gudauskas had to get some for himself. Photo: Jones/Stryker

Hank Gaskell enjoying the lack of crowds at Teahupo‘o that happens every year after the Billabong Pro Tahiti. Photo: Jones

Hank Gaskell enjoying a crowd-free session after the World Tour and all it's hanger ons leave the tiny village of Teahupo‘o. Photo: Jones/Stryker

Unidentified Teahupo‘o charger eyes the upcoming West Bowl. Photo: Jones

Unidentified Teahupo‘o charger eyes the upcoming West Bowl. Photo: Jones/Stryker

Kamalei Alexander gets fired up on an empty Chopes set wave. Where was this wave during the contest? Photo: Jones

Kamalei Alexander gets fired up on an empty Chopes set wave. Where was this wave during the contest? Photo: Jones/Stryker

The same wave as above, just a second or two later... Photo: Jones

The same wave as above, just a second or two later... Photo: Jones/Stryker

What Pat? No rodeo flip on a six-footer at Teahupo‘o? Photo: Jones

What Pat? No rodeo flip on a six-footer at Teahupo‘o? Photo: Jones/Stryker

Tow in bodysurfing—a new past time at Teahupo‘o. Photo: Jones

Tow in bodysurfing—a new past time at Teahupo‘o. Photo: Jones/Stryker

A beast of a 6-foot double rolls through unridden at Teahupo‘o days after the World Tour left town. Photo: Jones

A beast of a 6-foot double rolls through unridden at Teahupo‘o days after the World Tour left town. Photo: Jones/Stryker

Pat Gudauskas warming up for the next World Tour event at Lowers? Not quite... Photo: Jones

Pat Gudauskas warming up for the next World Tour event at Lowers? Not quite... Photo: Jones/Stryker