The 2014 Billabong Pro Tahiti surfing competition has just concluded, its contestants braving giant walls of water to take home top prize in the annual Association of Surfing Professionals event, a jewel in the organization's pro tour.
Let's watch these skilled wave-catchers in action, and, sometimes, in sprawling wipeouts.
Here Bede Durbidge, from Australia, drops into a wave.
Kelly Slater, of the United States, rides a wave. Slater, an 11-time world champion and four-time winner of this event, would go on to take second place in the competition.
Here's Slater, between turns.
Bede Durbidge cruises toward the shore.
Portugal's Tiago Pires takes control of this Tahitian wave.
U.S. surfer Kolohe Andino might as well be walking on water.
The event's finale was graced with a rainbow (as if Tahiti needed yet more beauty). In the end, it came down to Brazil's Gabriel Medina vs. Kelly Slater, of the United States.
Medina flies through the air after surfing a wave during the final round.
Medina ended up defeating Slater, for his third win of the surfing year. Here he poses on the victory podium. At right is Slater, the runner-up.