STAND FAST: Lennox Head's Anthony Walsh in action at Teahupoo, Tahiti, yesterday.
STAND FAST: Lennox Head's Anthony Walsh in action at Teahupoo, Tahiti, yesterday. Steve Robertson

Walsh tames Teahupoo

LENNOX Head surfer Anthony Walsh braved the most powerful wave on the planet at Teahupoo, Tahiti, yesterday as he advanced to the fourth round of the Von Zipper Trials.

Walsh, one of Australia's up-and-coming big wave specialists, was impressive yesterday as waves reached massive proportions.

The Von Zipper Trials started with waves at a perfect 10-12 foot (3m-4m) with the occasional 15-foot monster creeping through.

However, late in the day organisers were forced to postpone some third-round heats as the swell jacked up to 15-18 foot (5m plus), making it almost impossible to paddle on to the wave and too dangerous for competition.

The Trials awards two wildcards into the Billabong Pro World Tour event, which proceeds directly after.

Byron Bay surfers Keiran Perrow and Danny Wills will contest Teahupoo, with Perrow in particular renowned for his big wave surfing.

Perrow is in equal 24th position after the two Australian rounds while Wills is equal 29th.

American Kelly Slater leads the ratings.


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