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JORDY SMITH (ZAF)  hurt in a warm up session.   TEAHUPOO, Tahiti (Monday, May 18, 2009) - The 2009 Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui continued today with the completion of Round Two and the first four heats of Round Three. Starting at 9 am the contest ran till dark in  a choppy 1.5 meter waves..It was a day of upsets when nine time World Champion KELLY SLATER (USA)  was eliminated by Basque surfer ARTIZ ARANBURU (EUK) and the defeat of current world #1 JOEL PARKINSON (AUS)  by tour veteran TAYLOR KNOX (USA) in the last heat of the day...The event is Stop No. 3 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour and boasts a waiting period from May 9 through May 20, 2009. .The contest brings together 45 of the world's best surfers charging the heaviest wave on earth in one of the most pristine locations on the planet..This year's event will run the new format, seeding all competitors directly into man-on-man elimination heats, with the Top 16 seeded directly into Round 2 while the remaining surfers battle it out in Round 1...Photo: joliphotos.com
JORDY SMITH (ZAF) hurt in a warm up session. TEAHUPOO, Tahiti (Monday, May 18, 2009) - The 2009 Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui continued today with the completion of Round Two and the first four heats of Round Three. Starting at 9 am the contest ran till dark in a choppy 1.5 meter waves..It was a day of upsets when nine time World Champion KELLY SLATER (USA) was eliminated by Basque surfer ARTIZ ARANBURU (EUK) and the defeat of current world #1 JOEL PARKINSON (AUS) by...
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