Top 10 Waves of the 2013 ASP World Tour

Big Airs and Big Tubes by the World’s Best!

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Kelly’s freefall in the Finals at the Billabong Pipe Masters. Photo by ASP Imagery.

Essentially, the 2013 ASP World Tour was a landmark year for high performance competitive surfing. The biggest aerials ever pulled off in competition seemed to break through the Stratosphere, and severely late drops to deep barrels were made at Fiji, Tahiti, and Pipe. Let’s take a look back at the ten best waves of the 2013 season and relive the glory!

While all ten of the contest venues didn’t put their best surf forward, there were some memorable swells at Snapper, Fiji, and Bali. Yeah, Tahiti and Pipe may have had some bombs that could make grown men cry, but it wasn’t all time at either spot by any means. Luckily, performance levels skyrocketed in 2013. It’s safe to say that a full repoirtoire of huge aerials, hard rail turns, and skillful navigating in deep and critical tubes are needed if you want to make it on tour. SO who snagged the best wave of the year? Check out the pics and vids below and tell us who you think caught the best wave!

Here’s a break down of the Top Ten Waves on Tour for 2013. (In Chronological Order)

Event #1 – Quik Pro Snapper / Parko’s Birdie

Although Slater took home the win, it was Parko's draining tube in the finals that will be remembered. Not because he made it, but because of the circumstances involved.
Although Slater took home the win, it was Parko’s draining tube in the finals that will be remembered for many years to come. Not because he made it, but because of the circumstances involved. Slater had priority and took the wave after Parko had already been in the barrel for 50 yards. Parko’s flip off in the barrel was the highlight of the event and summed up the situation nicely. Photo by ASP/Cestari.

Event #2 – Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach / Panda Attack

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Willian Cardoso stunned the crowd at the Rip Curl Bells Beach contest with brutal carves that threw spray 15ft into the sky. The “Panda” gave an in-form Slater an early Round 3 exit and set the tone for Brazilian countryman Raoni Monteiro’s upset over World Champ Parko in the very next heat. It was the biggest news of the event. Photo by ASP/Kirsten.

Event #3 – Billabong Rio Pro / Holy Toledo

Brazil's Filipe Toledo scored a Perfect 10 when he needed it most. After pulling off this huge Alley-Oop, Toledo seamlessly linked it into a 360 Full-Rotation air in the closeout. It was a sign of things to come.
Brazil’s Filipe Toledo scored a Perfect 10 when he needed it most. After pulling off this huge Alley-Oop, Toledo seamlessly linked it into a 360 Full-Rotation air in the closeout to advance to the quarters over Jordy and Fanning. It was a sign of things to come. Photo by ASP/Kirsten.

Event #4 – Volcom Fiji Pro / Slater and Fanning’s Cloudbreak Lunacy

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Slater’s performance at Fiji was inspiring to say the least. He didn’t make this wave in the Final versus Fanning, but it could be the best wave of the whole year due to sheer beauty and size of the tube. It ran off three times as long as a wave at Pipeline. It was a jaw-dropper. Photo by ASP/Cestari.
Fanning
The waves at the Volcom Fiji Pro were so good that it deserves more than one Wave of the Year entry. Afterall, it’s World-Class waves at venues like Cloudbreak that fans and surfers should come to expect from the ASP World Tour. Fanning was amazing the whole event but couldn’t inch past Slater in the final. Nevertheless, Mick snagged some DEEP barrels and posted high 9’s and a ten throughout the event. This one was the wave before Kelly’s on the same set!

Event #4 – Oakley Pro Bali / John John Breaks the Ceiling 

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John John’s full rotation Alley-Oop was literally the “Air Heard Round the World.” It was not only the biggest air ever pulled off in competition, but it also smashed the boundaries between Free-Surfing and Competitive Surfing in one fatal blow. After that air, fans can now expect “video-part” quality rides from the tour’s elite surfers during ASP competitions.

Event #6 – Billabong Pro Tahiti / Ace’s Royal Flush

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Adrian “Ace” Buchan upset Kelly Slater in the final of the Billabong Pro Tahiti by using a card from Slater’s deck. By outwitting Slater with keen paddling tactics, Ace positioned himself for this set wave that would be the best wave of the final. The committed late drop and subsequent deep barrel gave Buchan his second ASP World Tour victory.

Event #7 – Hurley Pro Trestles / Waist to Chest High Lowers = No Wave of the Year Entries

Event #8 – Quiksilver Pro France / Gabriel’s Inverted Twist

Medina has a history of great results in France. This year the Brazilian Wonderkid punted the biggest aerials of the event on his way to a second place finish.
Medina has a history of great results in France. This year the Brazilian Wonderkid punted the biggest aerials of the event on his way to a second place finish. This Perfect 10 full-rotator in Round 2 was big, inverted, and spectacular. Photo by ASP/Cestari

Event #9 – Rip Curl Pro Portugal / Julian’s Big Alley-Oop

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With the surf world still talking about John John Florence’s Alley-Oop in Bali months earlier, Julian Wilson rivaled JJF’s huge punt with an equally impressive Oop. Jules admitted it was his best ever and the comparisons between the two aerials began almost immediately. Photo by The Surf Channel.

John John vs. Julian – Battle of the Oops / Which one do you think is better?

Event #10 – Billabong pipeline Masters / Slater’s Reckless Abandon

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After Fanning secured his third ASP World Title with a controversial win over Yadin Nicol, Slater seemed PISSED! He told his pal (and webcast commentator) Shane Dorian that he would throw everything into it and “not be safe” in his remaining heats. And it showed. Slater got nothing but high 9’s and a 10 for three heats straight, eventually taking down John John for the win. This wave was only a 9.67, yet featured the most intense grab-rail air drop in competition history.

Ten Best Waves of the 2013 Billabong Pipeline Masters

Which wave do you think was the best? Let us know in the comments below! 

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