Nervous anticipation in Tahiti

Thirty-foot surf looks to make 2011 Billabong Pro Tahiti a contest for the ages

Updated: August 25, 2011, 1:21 PM ET
By Peter Wilson | ESPN.com

News of a massive swell heading toward Tahiti has been circulating through the surfing world for over a week now. Local Tahitian surfers, big wave chargers and chart watchers have all been describing the predicted swell as the biggest they've ever seen. Smack in the middle of the Billabong Pro Tahiti waiting period -- the fifth stop on the ASP World Tour -- the swell is due to peak on Saturday with surf heights in the 30-foot range.

The Billabong Pro has been in lay-day ...

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