Teahupoo Surfing November 2 2007
UPDATE: Jon made a video of this surf session.

Watch it here

I had some technical problems with the camera I was using here (aka broken) so the exposure is totally jacked on half of these images. :(

If you know the names of these srufers please comment or tag them. Thx!


Teahupo'o (pronounced Cho-pu or Te-ah-hu-po) is a world-renowned surfing location off the south-east of the island of Tahiti, French Polynesia, southern Pacific Ocean. It is known for its heavy, glassy waves, often reaching 2 to 3 m (7 to 10 ft) and higher. It is the site of the annual Billabong Pro Tahiti surf competition, part of the World Championship Tour (WCT) of the ASP World Tour professional surfing circuit and used to be one stop in the World Tour of the International Bodyboarding Association.

Teahupo'o (or 'Chopes as it is sometimes called) is a reef break. It is mainly left-breaking, but the outer reef also creates right breaks that surfers must be cautious of when paddling out. Teahupo'o is also renowned for the consistent number of "barrels" it delivers. It is a rewarding location and is widely regarded as being on the 'must-surf' list of every enthusiastic surfer. However, only experienced surfers in peak physical condition should attempt Teahupo'o; heavy waves combined with a shallow shoreline can result in serious injuries and even death in a wipeout.

Tahitian Thierry Vernaudon claims to be the first to ride Teahupo'o, having done so in 1985 with some other locals. They rode much smaller waves, however, than those often featured in photographs and videos of Teahupo'o. Bodyboarding pioneers Mike Stewart and Ben Severson surfed Teahupo'o in 1986 and it soon became an underground spot for thrill-seeking bodyboarders. Few professional surfers rode Teahupo'o during the early '90s and it was only in 1998, at the Gotcha Tahiti Pro, that Teahupo'o became widely recognized as having some of the heaviest waves in the world.[1] On August 17, 2000 Laird Hamilton is credited with surfing the heaviest wave ever ridden, documented in the film Riding Giants. In 2003 the late Malik Joyeux successfully rode one
of the largest waves ever ridden.

Keala Kennelly was the first woman to tow-surf Teahupo'o in May 2005, getting a 10-foot barrel ahead of the Billabong Tahiti Pro contest.[2]
Jeremie Eloy, Julien Sudrat and Yannick Salmon were the first kitesurfers to ride Teahupo'o in September 14th 2006.

See also Teahupoo on Youtube here:

Professional surf photographer Tim Mckenna has awesome photos of the session the day before here:
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