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Five For Friday: Surfing’s Men’s Championship Tour In Tahiti

By Paul D. Bowker | Aug. 10, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)

Kolohe Andino competes in his quarterfinal heat at the Vans US Open of Surfing on Aug. 5, 2018 in Huntington Beach, Calif.


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The huge waves of Tahiti await the Men’s Championship Tour surfers in the Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o, beginning this weekend.

Among those competing are four Americans who are ranked among the top 20 in the points standings, including 10th-ranked Griffin Colapinto, who placed second in last weekend’s Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California.

Conner Coffin and Kolohe Andino, who are tied for 11th place in the World Surf standings, along with Patrick Gudauskas and Hawaii’s Ezekiel Lau, Sebastian Zietz and Keanu Asing, are also in the competition.

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The first call for the opening round is Friday with the event’s competition window stretching to Aug. 21.

Tahiti is the largest island in French Polynesia in the South Pacific and is known to be the location of powerful wave walls for this competition.

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc