• The 9 Worst Wipeouts Ever at the Billabong Pro Tahiti

The world's best will be dropping into Teahupo'o lefts in less than a month and potential glory - or disaster - awaits them. With only three feet of water between the riders and a razor sharp reef, every fall can have serious consequences. We've compiled the gnarliest, most painful wipeouts from past Billabong Pro Tahiti events in one clip that shows just how devastating a slip at this massive wave can be.

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Be sure to watch the Billabong Pro Tahiti 2016 starting on August 19, 2016.

Billabong Pro Tahiti 2016 Starts August 19, 2016