x

Teahupoo’s Second Coming

by on Tuesday 4th June, 2013   51251 Visits   Comments

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.”

Maururu

 

Comments
Average rating of 5 from 2 votes

51251 Visits -

Video MURK an Irish Winter
25

MURK an Irish Winter

Conor Maguire harks towards a time when the cold and dark wraps back in and the lows deepen, spinning thick ropes of swell towards Ireland.

Video Leonardo Fioravanti Elevated in Sardinia
4849

Leonardo Fioravanti Elevated in Sardinia

Italy has waves and Sardinia has some of the best spots, places you would not believe. Leonardo Fioravanti knows that better than most...

News Hurricane Edouard Shootout
8013

Hurricane Edouard Shootout

From the Caribbean to Nova Scotia (and maybe even Europe) the forecast is for a medium sized swell to grace your local beach.

Video Yadin, Dusty, Heavy Panama Kegs
19154

Yadin, Dusty, Heavy Panama Kegs

Like a lot of the waves in the edit, this one is a grower. Dusty Payne and Yadin Nicol make light work of things you'd sail on by.

Feature Teahupoo Pumps: Matahi Drollet Upstages Point Break 2
70204

Teahupoo Pumps: Matahi Drollet Upstages Point Break 2

Highlight of the day was the 17-year-old brother of local legend Manoa. He blew everyone away.

News Hurricane Edouard? Reasons to be Cheerful
19807

Hurricane Edouard? Reasons to be Cheerful

We break down the reasons why Edouard might be the most interesting storm of the season so far.