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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Best Heat Ever? Kelly Slater v. John John Florence Semifinal at the Billabong Pro Tahiti

John John Florence and Kelly Slater squared off in the semifinal of the 2014 Billabong Pro Tahiti in what people in the surf industry are calling one of the best, if not the best, heat ever.  The two surfers traded huge, barreling waves at Teahupoo in an epic session.  In fact, Kelly and John John ended up in a dead heat - tied at 19.77 - but Kelly advanced to the finals because of his higher individual wave score, a perfect 10.

Kelly's 2 waves were scored a 10 and a 9.77. John John's 2 waves were scored a 9.90 and a 9.87.

Some might question whether Kelly got a "former champ score boost" on his 10 wave, or at least that John John deserved a 10 also.  Regardless, it was an epic heat from two awesome surfers in incredible conditions.