Bruno Santos has claimed the 2016 Billabong Pro Tahiti Trials, in six-foot surf at Teahupoo.
The Brazilian tube riding expert earned a ticket into the main event. Santos, who won the 2008 Billabong Pro Tahiti as a wildcard, defeated Nathan Hedge in the decisive heat.
“I am very happy. Teahupoo is like a second home. ‘Hog’ is my idol. We have a very similar style. He did really well in the last three years. The difference was luck because he was doing well the whole contest,” said Bruno Santos.