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."