Under Tahitian Skies
Fifty years ago when Bruce Brown and "The Endless Summer" crew touched down in Tahiti, they were convinced "there's no surf in Tahiti." They couldn't have been more wrong. Today, nowhere embodies summer quite like French Polynesia. Here's a few shots from a recent swell to get you in the mood.
Hawaii's Jamie O'Brien found his way down south for a little summer tube time. One of the best backside barrel riders in the world, with GoPro in-hand, his unique perspective will undoubtedly show up in one of his soon-to-be-released edits.
Inside Looking Out
Looking out of a barrel at Teahupoo is one of surfing's great vistas. With the glassy, deep blue water contrasting with the lush, tropical mountains in the background, it can be surreal.
While his older brother, John John, is battling it out on the ASP World Tour, Nathan Florence has a little more freedom in his schedule, which affords him the opportunity to make quick strikes to Tahiti. While Teahupoo wasn't big, it was perfect ... and a lot more challenging than anything that was happening in Hawaii at the time.
Yes, mermaid are real, and apparently they enjoy underwater photography.
One thing you don't want to do at Teahupoo is get caught inside. Breaking on a shallow, sharp reef, there's nowhere to hide, so paddling with all you've got is imperative when a set swings through.
And when things go flat in the Pacific, the lush tropical mountains offer up secret waterfalls and plenty of other opportunities for adventure.
Growing up in Tahiti affords local kids like Matahi Drollet experience in waves that kids in California or the East Coast only dream of. No doubt you will be seeing a lot more of Drollet in the years to come as he ascends to the top of the pecking order.
Another one of the young Tahitian's coming up, Mateia Hiquily is already well versed in the fine art of threading the needle through crystal clear cylinders.
Of course, surfers are hardly the only ones that enjoy the waters of Tahiti. Black tip reef sharks troll for lunch.
Below The Roar
Sometimes the most peaceful place to hid is the least obvious.
The Dream Realized
"There's no surf in Tahiti." Ol' Bruce Brown sure was wrong on that one. It's hard to imagine a more idyllic surf paradise.