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Raimana on a bomb as usual, maybe the bomb of the day.© 2013 Raihei Tapeta
Mark Healey and Garrett McNamara sharing the same wave, this is the wipeout of the day for Garrett for sure.© 2013 Raihei Tapeta
A big swell draws spectators to Teahupo'o like a big blue honey pot.© 2013 Raihei Tapeta
Daniel Ross came especially for this big swell here and he got what he wanted.© 2013 Raihei Tapeta
A deep barrel for Danny Fuller, he's got the style.© 2013 Raihei Tapeta
Empty wave rolls through, pinting dark ink on the horizon/© 2013 Raihei Tapeta
Local charger Gen Imai is an increasingly familiar face during big swells here.© 2013 Raihei Tapeta
Local surfer Manoa and his bomb, very similar with Raimana's bomb. They were the main Players out there on this swell.© 2013 Raihei Tapeta
Manoa and his jet ski partner Hector Krauser.© 2013 Raihei Tapeta
Manoa in the morning when the waves were just as glassy as can be.© 2013 Raihei Tapeta
Sick barrel! Anthony Walsh doesn't look to have had his Hero 3 switched on.© 2013 Raihei Tapeta
Teahupo'o attracts more and more Brazilian surfers, we can see how hard they charge during the big swells.© 2013 Raihei Tapeta
A sick one in the late afternoon for Teva Dexter.© 2013 Raihei Tapeta
Who are you? Unknown soldier backside and flow.© 2013 Raihei Tapeta
Poto of the Tahitian water patrol gets his at the end of the day.© 2013 Raihei Tapeta
Raimana after hitting a kite surfer at the end of his wave.© 2013 Raihei Tapeta
The green flying boat with captain Toto, two weeks ago he hit a wave of 16ft and ejected his passengers ... RED camera and all into the drink.© 2013 Raihei Tapeta
MUCH like a mid-Nineties raver or those old Duracell Bunny adverts, the South Pacific can’t stop. Dosed up to the eyeballs on convection, Coriolis and unlimited fetch it keeps producing deep intense storm systems.
Saturday’s Teahupoo swell was shorter in duration, windier and slightly less inconsistent in the upper range when compared to mid-May’s three day Blood in the Water marathon. This storm was big but delivered something of a glancing blow to Tahiti as it developed an area of fetch directly pointed at Central/Southern America. The first waves of which are due to be surfed at the Quiksilver Ceremonial/ at Punta de Lobos, today, June 4th. Followed by a significant swell for Peru, Central America and California a day later.
“Teahupo’o spoiled us again.” Said photographer Raihei Tapeta only three weeks after the big swell that hit Tahiti on May 23. We had another swell which again drew in the best big wave surfers.
“The day started with powerful glassy waves but we were aware the wind was forecast to increase. Gen Imai, a local surfer, was first to enter the water and he didn’t wait long to take the first big wave. Hawaiian, Kealii Mamala (who was also here for the May 13th storm) followed shortly afterwards. Gradually as time progressed the waves became larger and larger, things got exciting with huge waves detonating on the reef. And then at exactly 1pm the two largest waves arrived. Raimana was first to take one of these bombs, followed shortly after by Manoa Drollet on a wave of similar consequence to Raimana’s bomb.
“This was day also marked in painful fashion by the wipeout of Garrett McNamara, dropping in deep and sharing with by Mark Healey. Ouch. Raimana also shared in the accident stakes, the Tahitian hit a kite sail lying on the surface after exiting a barrel, but he was pretty safe already. The final act began early in the afternoon with good show delivered by the locals: Alain Riou, Tuhiti Haumani, Tereva David, Poto some internationals surfers who came especially for this swell as Ian Walsh, Adam Esposito and Danny Fuller all went to town at the End of the Road. Again Teahupoo offered us a great show and we’re already looking forward to the next big swell.”