Teahupo'o, Tahiti, French Polynesia
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On the Island of Tahiti exists one of the preeminent big wave surfing spots. Teahupo’o boasts a reef break similar to Pipeline with waves that are described as “heavy” breaking over a very shallow and sharp reef. When southern swells appear, Teahupo’o generates some of the heaviest barreling tow-in waves in the world. The water is warm, the locals are friendly and the waves provide an unending challenge. Teahupo’o is isolated from the typical tourist attractions ofTahitiand an hour’s drive from the nearest hotel. Tow surfing and the use of local boats (easily hired on the beach) to spectate or photograph the surfers are common practice at Teahupo’o. Windsurfing and kite surfing are also popular at this Tahitian hot spot and some of the world’s best at all the various wave riding techniques have tested their skills against the monster waves.
The Billabong Pro Tahiti, part of the World Championship Tour of the Association of Surfing Professionals is held in Teahupo’o every August at the peak of big wave season. The Best time of the year to surf Teahupo’o is between March and October when the weather is most dependable. Teahupo’o is easily accessed fromPapeete, Tahiti in French Polynesia and its international airport where the locals refer to the place as “where the pavement stops”.
If your dreams include challenging some of the world’s heaviest waves in a tropical location then a trip to Teahupo’o, Tahiti belongs on your list. Start readying your gear to make the most out of your trip.
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