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Billabong XXL's photo of Teahupoo

San Clemente's Nathan Fletcher flies through a furious Billabong XXL Monster Tube contender at Teahupoo. Going to be tough to top this before March 2012. Credit: tim-mckenna.com/BillabongXXL.com

Average rating of 4.83 from 516 votes

Teahupoo

Spot Location: French Polynesia > Tahiti > Teahupoo

Date Taken: 27th August 2011. 74871 page views since 1st November 2011.

Swell Rating Primary Swell Secondary Swell Wind (+ Gusts) Weather
10ft 14s 187.99° 5ft 22s   18 20 mph Mostly Clear 76°f
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compcomplex Nov 10, 2011 Rating: 1

Oh crap, I'm...not...gonna...make it...

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Jamo Nov 8, 2011 Rating: 1

looks like he's knocking on heavans door.

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goofybwoiii123 Nov 8, 2011 Rating: 1

literally been staring at the screen for 10 mins like

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surf007 Nov 7, 2011 Rating: 0

what a wave! if i was to ride that i would be saying my last words!!

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Gomas Nov 7, 2011 Rating: 0

Heaviest wave ever surfed?

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Dropin73 Nov 12, 2011 Rating: -1

i think lairds was heavier. is this guy trying to punch it first before it gets him? awesome

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surf007 Nov 7, 2011 Rating: 0

if its not, god help the person who rode one heavier!!

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soutie Nov 7, 2011 Rating: 0

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Willy Foo Foo. Nov 7, 2011 Rating: 1

even the photographer is probablly shiting him self.

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Indocean Surf Charters Nov 7, 2011 Rating: -1

Could drive a bus through that! Crazy big. Some serious nerves of steel.

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Mookmook Nov 7, 2011 Rating: 0

You could drop a house on this guy and he'd brush it off. STONES!!!

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Dropin73 Nov 6, 2011 Rating: 0

Mind over matter in it's most determined form, it looks like he thinks he could make it

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bakers Nov 5, 2011 Rating: 0

FIRST TO DIE!

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sdfgsdfsfgs Nov 6, 2011 Rating: 0

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CaptainGoodVibes-SuperPig Nov 5, 2011 Rating: 0

WE SALUTE YOU

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superbust Nov 5, 2011 Rating: 0

the height of the barrel is about as thick as the lip I reckon

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georgehere Nov 5, 2011 Rating: 0

Not afraid to die, amazing

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forestdac Nov 5, 2011 Rating: 0

Fuck off man fuck off, balls of steel, a la mierda eso es tener huevos de acero curuju.

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Wavedancer Nov 4, 2011 Rating: 0

Did he dead?

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Mookmook Nov 7, 2011 Rating: 3

EHHH?

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Maroc Azure Surf Accommodation Nov 4, 2011 Rating: 0

The saying "balls of steel" really do play their part here....

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OB homie Nov 4, 2011 Rating: 1

ONE OF THE BEST PICTURES I HAVE SEEN IN MY LIFE!!! look at the power, the wind....THE WAVE HAS TEETH!!! this guy is clearly saying "I dont give two shits right now....fuck it!" wow

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Etoile Nov 4, 2011 Rating: 0

Unreal picture, bloody terrifying!

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hdfgsdfsh Nov 4, 2011 Rating: -2

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youdig Nov 3, 2011 Rating: 6

I saw this picture and didn't make it to the loo in time. Shit everywhere.

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Welly Wanger Nov 3, 2011 Rating: 3

Scariest thing I've seen this Halloween!

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Shakrider Nov 3, 2011 Rating: 3

scary but gorgeous!!!!! good combo!!!

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Jacques le Roux Nov 3, 2011 Rating: -2

and back to the wave....HOLY SHIT THATS CRAZY!!!cant even imagine what that guys feeling.

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Mick0 Nov 4, 2011 Rating: 0

He's thinking "feck, I'm fecked here"

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CaptainGoodVibes-SuperPig Nov 3, 2011 Rating: 0

speachless

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fdfgsdfadg Nov 3, 2011 Rating: -2

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Anns Cottage Nov 2, 2011 Rating: 2

Probably one of the best photos on MSW!

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Dok Nov 2, 2011 Rating: 0

You know , this is one of the best pics Ive ever seen on MSW. This is why we surf, so few will ever get to experience this, I just hope that I will be one of the lucky ones. Best keep at then!

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massamsammas Nov 7, 2011 Rating: 0

It was like this at a secret spot South Cornwall last weekend....we do get quality waves here in Cornwall

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appleZac Nov 2, 2011 Rating: -1

great post production! great stuff!

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youdig Nov 3, 2011 Rating: 0

Back to the Mac Jack

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fghfghyery Nov 2, 2011 Rating: -1

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Scott14 Nov 2, 2011 Rating: 2

white wash solid 15ft itself

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Get Joggly Nov 2, 2011 Rating: 9

It even looks like the last bloke to paddle over the shoulder left a brown trail !

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Pompies Nov 2, 2011 Rating: 5

Who are the two nutjobs that gave this photo a 1 rating? What is wrong with you? What does a five look like to you? Seriously?!

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d.pzl Nov 2, 2011 Rating: 1

I looked at this pic and just coughed out my spleen. Is that normal?

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Wet behind the ears Nov 2, 2011 Rating: 2

the teef on that monster... rips!!!!

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Tony Chaney Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 6

Jesus turned water into wine. Billabong turned gray skies to blue, and dark green into emerald. Beat that!

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the vanity project Nov 2, 2011 Rating: 4

Easy, I just have to look at a wave like I’m about to start paddling and it turns into a closeout.

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Tony Chaney Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 0

Jesus turned water into wine. Billabong turned gray skies to blue and dark green into emerald. Beat that!

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Sunspot Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 1

in the imortal words of Homer Simpson "... sick, twisted, eerie, godless, evil stuff.., and I want in!"

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Sunspot Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 0

in the imortal words of Homer Simpson "... sick, twisted, eerie, godless, evil stuff!"

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Sunspot Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 0

in the immortal words of Homer Simpson, "... sick, twisted.., crazy stuff!"

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kevinb Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 1

That is just outrageous - my utter respect goes to that guy

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groundsweller Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 4

Nathan Fletcher is a true Beast. The unsung big surf animal. Doesn't get the publicity of many other surfers, but surely not for the lack of sac or talent. That's fk'n deeeeeeeep!

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CaptainGoodVibes-SuperPig Nov 3, 2011 Rating: 0

Mate he`s gotta be, everytime i look at it. It`s proof Nathan`s much better than most. This is progress at its best.

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elementdtlop Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 1

wouldve been the ultimate troll: photographers: what wave? we mustve missed it sorry man just take another one we'll get the picture this time

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haglee Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 2

can't stop looking at this,it's the craziest picture i've seen on msw and he looks so chilled!

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dino68 Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 3

Fooooooooooooooooooooooooook me. Thats Deeeeeeeeep!!!!

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surfinginthecity111 Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 2

Ball so hard! tha shiitt crayy!

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Cory Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 2

Imagine the sound of that thing. Brutal.

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CaptainGoodVibes-SuperPig Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 3

That`s the new millennium wave. Something else (xx kisses) for sure. mentallly slotted

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Peter (Krutch) Kraus Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 1

I have never felt moved to append a comment before but in this case I have no choice.....so it's Gordon Bennett, Holy Cow, Cowabunga, go for it you crazy arrow maker!!

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mafia Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 1

Keeping the family tradition, and name alive. Go Fletcher, you crazy bastard!!

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BORAT Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 18

Is nice

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compcomplex Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 1

Is there video to this? It looks like 10-tons of water are just about to sink him deep into the ocean.

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savagesurfer1 Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 0

...then click on tow session from the menu

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savagesurfer1 Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 1

all the waves of tow in session here http://billabongpro.com/tahiti11/heat-analyzer-gb

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ElliottG32250 Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 8

The only thing heavier than that wave is Nathan Fletcher's ballbag.

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Lynden Wright Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 1

The jaws of a pit pull with a rag doll, i just hope the pit bull had slippery teath this day...one heck of an amazing shot! Respect Fletcher!

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stephenjones102 Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 1

I don't know what to say....

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blacknblue Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 2

Forget Paranormal Activity 3, that pic just scared the pants off of me!

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ThisIsDANIEL Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 1

this is insane!

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BigWavePullOut69 Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 0

the waves i took today were not as big as the thickness of that lip. I suck.

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Jules-h Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 1

With you Jinglejangle there is no god! but i bet this guy is praying!!

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JOCT GLOBAL Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 3

...Look pretty flat.

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NeverEverSober Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 1

Most unbelievable session I've ever witnessed.

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Arctic10101 Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 25

I'll try and renact this moment in time by puting a lego man in the washing machine.

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beachbum101 Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 1

Holy sh*t - massive respect. I would chop a finger off to experience what he went through there, must be the biggest buzz ever

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beachbum101 Nov 2, 2011 Rating: 1

Haha yeah fair one!

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groundsweller Nov 1, 2011 Rating: -1

Oh reeeaaally! Perhaps a sharp coral reef will oblige you on a good hollow wave.

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the vanity project Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 4

chopping your finger off may be quite intense too

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Clembeth Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 1

Beggars belief....

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Francois Bouwer Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 2

In God's Hand...

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CaptainGoodVibes-SuperPig Nov 5, 2011 Rating: -1

ONE DAY IN THE FAR OFF FUTURE. All atoms in the Universe will lose there charge and everything will turn to grey and disappear, slowly, surely. Nothing left. No-thing anymore

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Dropin73 Nov 4, 2011 Rating: 0

Does god exist? does he not exist? neither of these answers are gonna help this guy

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Dropin73 Nov 4, 2011 Rating: 0

Does god exist? does he not exist? neither of these answers are gonna help this guy

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Dropin73 Nov 4, 2011 Rating: 1

Does god exist? does he not exist? neither of these answers are gonna help this guy

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donkeydoctor Nov 4, 2011 Rating: 7

Ok lets be clear we may not understand everything, but it is no longer acceptable to use a god to explain it all. There is no god, never has been a god, never will be a god. Although the skill and bawz Nathan shows here are the closest to god like qualities I have seen. That and Pacha Mama ;-)

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Wet behind the ears Nov 4, 2011 Rating: 0

-donkey- if you think this surfer wasn't created by GOD, let me ask; who masterminded the whole world, the universe, the sea, the waves and your body? you don't have to look further than this picture to so the greatness of GOD.

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Wet behind the ears Nov 4, 2011 Rating: -2

@catempire, if thats not athiestic what is????? If you don't have any belief in GOD, you should give up alltogether.

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Steve Dillon Photo Nov 3, 2011 Rating: -1

@catempire - I'll say a prayer for you buddy.

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Steve Dillon Photo Nov 3, 2011 Rating: 0

I'll say a prayer for you buddy.

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donkeydoctor Nov 3, 2011 Rating: 2

God created the rider and wave? His mum and dad created him and the wave was created by sea wind reef combo.

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CatEmpire Nov 3, 2011 Rating: 3

Actually, lets not be narrow minded and consider the possibility that we live in a godless universe. Let us also consider why a god would want to create a race in his image, a race that is going to last a totally insignificant amount of time in the universe that was created solely for them. And also why would God decide to show his face just 2 millenia ago when the beings he created space and time for have been around for 50 millenia. And for that matter, why wait 13 billion years before bringing humans into existence. Now, don't take this for some atheistic rant, I'm not wholly against some type of 'god' being out there. Just certainly not the God that Christianity believes in. He's a big no no.

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Steve Dillon Photo Nov 3, 2011 Rating: -10

As I said, God's already there. The rider has his skill only because of God. Let's not be narrow minded. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." - Philippians 4:13

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Robbie Nov 3, 2011 Rating: 3

Bringing a supernatural being into it completely detracts from the riders skill and commitment to the wave. Respect to the rider.

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shunyata Nov 3, 2011 Rating: 0

er...poor spelling "Kai"

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shunyata Nov 3, 2011 Rating: 0

if we let go of thoughts then god would'nt exist in that moment...i bet this guy is not letting thoughts disturb his focus..."Kye" grace under pressure!

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Choppee Nov 2, 2011 Rating: 1

Did God only have one hand? Chop....

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Steve Dillon Photo Nov 2, 2011 Rating: -2

@CatEmpire.....next time you have a thought, just let it go

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Wet behind the ears Nov 1, 2011 Rating: -5

Because his the creator, HE made that Wave and Rider!!!! respect sick shot!

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CatEmpire Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 0

This wave would flatten God

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Steve Dillon Photo Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 3

God's already in it...he was just pointing that out.

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jinglejangle Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 4

Why bring god into it?

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saxk Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 3

Sweet, baby, infantile Jesus !

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jfalvey Nov 7, 2011 Rating: 0

Dear Lord baby Jesus, lyin' there in your ghost manger, just lookin' at your Baby Einstein developmental videos, learnin' 'bout shapes and colors. I would like to thank you for bringin' me and my mama together, and also that my kids no longer sound like retarded gang-bangers.

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goofybwoiii123 Nov 4, 2011 Rating: 2

I like to picture Jesus in a tuxedo tshit cos it says i wana be formal but im here to party too...

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Tony Chaney Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 8

Haha, even the spammer starts adding comments, its contagious!

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Sunspot Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 2

who once was a ickle baby in a manger (or crib if you're more gangsta innit), wiv fluffy hair and some frankincense, myrrh and some other stuff, and very tiny sandals, and no foreskin, cos he woz jewish after all

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sdfjkljklsh Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 1

He was a grown man, he had a beard!!

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soggy Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 4

Satan's Fluffy Belly Button

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declan hearne Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 1

perfectly composed. feicen wonderful.

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Surf Visions Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 1

NUTS......

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Pompies Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 7

why is this guy shoulder hopping

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mikeymo Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 22

that is the sickest pic I have ever seen on MSW

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Choppee Nov 2, 2011 Rating: 1

Listen here you chop!!! Shoulder hopping sounds like your mother is shopping.... no-one gives a shit!!!

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Sunspot Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 1

got my vote

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Bigfoamballs Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 2

yeah, definitely the sickest pic... and the thickest wave..

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CBNCSURF.COM Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 0

True That!

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Inglorious Landlocked Basterd Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 2

Agreed

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kaachunga Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 0

oh..the bells!

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Harv Nov 1, 2011 Rating: 16

Did he died?

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CaptainGoodVibes-SuperPig Nov 3, 2011 Rating: 0

Did he not fail then?

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fumier Nov 3, 2011 Rating: 3

http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/did-he-died--2#.TrJtXEShbw4

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cooked Nov 3, 2011 Rating: -1

What's up with the anger against South Africans?? We live in one of the most diverse countries in the world, that is what makes our country awesome. So what if someone doesn't have english as a first language. Flip Chop chill out, or move!!!

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Choppee Nov 2, 2011 Rating: -13

Did he died???? No you chop! He are still be living you DICK!!!!! Learn to speak the English befor you try to type the English!

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