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by Ed Temperley on Friday 7th December, 2012 109232 Views
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STANDING on a 160 km2 island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean has certainly been one of the most inspiring experiences ever; maybe because I always wanted visit Polynesia, and Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island, is a good start.
Words and pictures by Alan Thiznau.
It is spring time on the island and the weather is very changeable and so driving from the west coast (the downtown side where the friendly spots are) to the south coast (the side of the most demanding and dangerous spots) becomes a daily routine if you don't want to miss any reefs working.
The island itself is an open sky museum and once you leave the town, drive along the coast, park your Jeep at some random cliff and sit on the top of it with an endless view of the Pacific Ocean, you truly understand how tiny we all are. At this point, you feel how powerful and fragile Mother Nature is and you really forget about what is happening in the rest of the world.
Here are a few postcards from the once-in-a-lifetime experience of surfing on Rapa Nui. © 2013 Alan Thiznau
Mataveri, a world class left pointbreak, looking pretty friendly. © 2013 Alan Thiznau
A surfer and an artist, "El Kenny" is one of the coolest locals around. © 2013 Alan Thiznau
You will be amazed by what lies beneath. © 2013 Alan Thiznau
The art of surfing and sculpture by Brandon and Te Pou Huke respectively © 2013 Alan Thiznau
After the session, Chileans, Peruvians and locals Mandy, Zuzuki, Kenny and Tama gather on the rocks just to enjoy the show. © 2013 Alan Thiznau
Hetereki at his front yard, taking a rest from work. © 2013 Alan Thiznau
When isn't big, the waves are likely to be more dangerous. Here is Fabio, from Peru, hoping to make it on a very shallow lava bottom at Mataveri. © 2013 Alan Thiznau
Vivi, another gem of the south coast. © 2013 Alan Thiznau
Uti Araki's got the tow-in equipment ready for the big days on the south coast. Unfortunately, it didn't get big enough at this time of the year. © 2013 Alan Thiznau
The two sides of paradise: Pakaia and Hanga Roa © 2013 Alan Thiznau
The colors of the evening, perfect time to find yourself in the navel of the world.
Thanks, Alan Thiznau. © 2013 Alan Thiznau
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A few nice waves in the Mentawai, especially at Lances Left
Day two commenced with disaster and ended in triumph at The End of The Road.
Adventures in the mysterious continent.
Ex-Teahupoo swell will provide power across the South Pacific especially South Shore of Hawaii.
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