Teahupoo never stays quiet for long -- and what a month it's been at the End of the Road.
Just two days after a solid swell unleashed one of the heaviest waves on the planet, an even bigger pulse came skipping its way across the Pacific, peaking at 12.5ft@16 seconds on Saturday afternoon. And those numbers are no joke for this aqua machine.
This of course created an even bigger buzz in the big wave surfing community, as the likes of Nathan Florence, Nic Von Rupp, and bodyboarder Shane Ackerman made their way to Tahiti, for one terrifying session, with some pretty hectic wipeouts to boot. The likes of local charger, Matahi Drollet, bagged some insane rides.
But the wipeout of the swell? That's courtesy of Shane Ackerman. "This wave popped up on the west bowl and all I could hear was Matahi yelling “where’s Shane!? Oh go Shane!!” I didn’t realise I was a touch further out than I’d like to be, and only realised once it was to late.
"As I was paddling I saw it bottom out before I’d even got onto it, but was at the point of no return. Tried to stick the drop but it was too much and it spun me into a front flip and then a few crazy violent seconds of being pulled limb from limb. Luckily popped up before copping anymore on the head or hitting the reef. Unfortunately losing my board whilst everyone made sure I was ok and in the channel. Big shout of to all the local water safety teams for looking out for all of us and the locals for sharing their piece of paradise with us all.”
We've compiled an edit of the stand out highlights from another colossal day at Teahupoo. Feast your eyes on some carnage in the video above - and we're not just talking about the rogue boat causing chaos in the channel. Footage from Lea Hahn, Manea Fabisch and Mila Mendiola, edited by Tom Vaughan.