Coast trio hangs tough at Teahupo’o
SURFING: It was the sort of surf to make most tremble - powerful 3-5m barrels thundering on to the reef at Teahupo'o.
Even 11-time world champion Kelly Slater was left shaking after surviving the first heat of the day, but seeing rivals Sebastien Zietz and Glenn Hall tossed aside like rag dolls.
But Sunshine Coast surfers Julian Wilson, Mitch Coleborn and Nathan Hedge held their own in the testing conditions at the Billabong Pro Tahiti.
Coolum Beach's Wilson, the world No.15, finished second in his three-man heat to earn a must-win encounter today with Tiago Pires.
Wurtulla goofy-footer Coleborn, a replacement for the injured Felipe Toledo, also finished second in his heat. He will clash with the Gold Coast's Josh Kerr.
Former Caloundra grommet Hedge - who won a wildcard into the event - is already through to round three after claiming a perfect 10 in round two.
A handful of surfers suffered wipe-outs and local Taumata Puhetina was hospitalised.
Defending champion Adrian Buchan said the conditions were intense.
"Just to surf these waves, whatever happens, with all the fans watching is a huge honour," he said.
- STEELE TAYLOR