Strike: Tahiti Surf Mission

Hmm, what's wrong with this picture?

Hmm, what's wrong with this picture?

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A COUPLE of days ago, says Transworld's Justin Cotes, my brother and I were looking to go for a little shred sesh somewhere around Teahupoo when we ran into our Hawaiian bruddas Danny Fuller, Kamalei Alexander, Mikey Bruneau, Mark Healey and their friend Petero from a nearby island. "Big Pass?" said Kamalei, "F—k that, you guys are coming with us!" With that, we grabbed TransWorld SURF photog Brian Bielmann, threw some trunks in our backpacks, grabbed a board, and drove to the ferry dock in Papeete.

What can you say? Chris gets back to his roots...

The crew aboard the god ship Aremiti. It costs around ten bucks for the 1/2 hour ferry from Tahiti to the island.

The crew aboard the god ship Aremiti. It costs around ten bucks for the 1/2 hour ferry from Tahiti to the island.

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On the boat

Petero and Healey's lovely girlfriend Sasha.

Petero and Healey's lovely girlfriend Sasha.

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Driving onto the ferry, I was getting psyched for some rippable waves at one of my favorite spots in the world.

Some life?

Petero drives off the ferry and into another island paradise.

Petero drives off the ferry and into another island paradise.

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After a 30-minute ride aboard the Aremiti we were there and drove right off the ferry into another island paradise. Twenty minutes later, we'd arrived at the Petero's Haapiti Surf Lodge — right across the road from one of the best waves in French Polynesia.

4WD

Healey pulls the ripcord ... Next time we'll wrap his leash around a cleat

Healey pulls the ripcord ... Next time we'll wrap his leash around a cleat

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Eager

Kamalei Alexander takes flight.

Kamalei Alexander takes flight.

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We loaded up the skiff and ripped the long lefts of the island with just our crew for an hour before anyone even paddled out.

up, up..

The cool thing about here is that it's a fairly long wave compared to a lot of the take-off and pull-in spots like Teahupoo.

The cool thing about here is that it's a fairly long wave compared to a lot of the take-off and pull-in spots like Teahupoo.

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Edge

Kamalei mixes it up with a grab.

Kamalei mixes it up with a grab.

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Showing off

Danny Fuller's lipslide.

Danny Fuller's lipslide.

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Lippy

Mark Healey.

Mark Healey.

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Hack

TW Online Editor Justin Cote loving my job and my new 6'4

TW Online Editor Justin Cote loving my job and my new 6'4" quad from Glenn Pang at Town and Country.

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On track

Healey's kind of becoming an air guy!

Healey's kind of becoming an air guy!

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Airbourne

Mikey Bruneau loose as a goose.

Mikey Bruneau loose as a goose.

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Nice

Kamalei whips it around and sends buckets toward Tahiti.

Kamalei whips it around and sends buckets toward Tahiti.

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Whip

One of the friendly locals (as long as you're respectful and courteous) ripping his home spot.

One of the friendly locals (as long as you're respectful and courteous) ripping his home spot.

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Driving

The favorite part of Chris Cote's trip? Rubbing sunscreen on Mikey Bruneau.

The favorite part of Chris Cote's trip? Rubbing sunscreen on Mikey Bruneau.

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Enough

Chris Cote's been hanging with Occy a lot and it's starting to show!

Chris Cote's been hanging with Occy a lot and it's starting to show!

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Switching shifts, we high-fived the locals and went to check another un-named spot. Spot X was kinda small so we left it alone and headed back home for some amazing Tahitian food and a few well-deserved Hinano's. And just like when we were in Australia, I slept in the same bed as my sweaty and smelly brother. Oh the joy…

Day two

Kauai's Evan Valiere from Kauai hooked with us the second day and joined the fun.

Kauai's Evan Valiere from Kauai hooked with us the second day and joined the fun.

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Day two and the swell was still there but a bit wonky from some wind the night before, no matter, we were on it and surfed for a while before it got too crowded.

Easy does it

Funny photo: The lip pitched right over Evan here and snapped his board a foot down from the nose.

Funny photo: The lip pitched right over Evan here and snapped his board a foot down from the nose.

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Overhead

Kauai's JD Irons in the shack.

Kauai's JD Irons in the shack.

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Covered

Mark Healey...not just a big wave guy!

Mark Healey...not just a big wave guy!

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Healey

Danny Fuller getting really involved on his forehand

Danny Fuller getting really involved on his forehand

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Layback

Evan Valiere on Chris Cote's board after he snapped his own.

Evan Valiere on Chris Cote's board after he snapped his own.

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In case you didn't know, Danny Fuller is quite the photographer and as we slept like babies one night, he took his Hasselblad camera down to the beach and took some irie full moon shots. Maybe we'll try and get them from him.

Borrowed

Tahiti is for lovers...just ask Mark Healey and his lady Sasha.

Tahiti is for lovers...just ask Mark Healey and his lady Sasha.

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Love

The Haapiti Surf Lodge. Do yourself a favor and go there one day!

The Haapiti Surf Lodge. Do yourself a favor and go there one day!

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Burnt from two long sessions under the Tahitian sun, we had a huge feed with Petero and his family and headed back to the ferry "bustling" Tahiti. I say bustling because compared to Tahiti, this island is the sleepiest and most mellow spot on Earth, just what we needed and the best day trip you could ever make.

Home

Haapiti Surf Lodge has everything a surfer needs; a respected local running the joint, kayaks, bikes, really nice bungalows that go for around $90USD per night, and two boats to access the break if you're over the 30-minute paddle. To contact email haapitisurf@mail.pf and tell 'em TransWorld SURF sent ya! Chris Cote