Surfing in Teahupo’o Break, Tahiti, Tahiti

Skill level:
Kamikaze only
Best surfing season:
April to September
Tahiti is an incredible, almost unreal tropical paradise and the biggest island of French Polynesia, located in the Southern Pacific Ocean. There are more than 118 islands, scattered around five archipelagos, but Tahiti is the most popular one.

The islands were formed by intense volcanic activity and thus Tahiti is famous for its black sand beaches and the turquoise blue lagoons. With a mountainous terrain covered with lush rainforests by land and surrounded by coral reefs by sea, Tahiti is a perfect exotic holiday destination.

The climate is tropical wet, with a lot of rain showers especially during November to April and average temperature between 21°C/70°F and 31°C/88°F. Rich in flora and fauna, the whole island offers amazing exploration and adventure opportunities for nature enthusiasts. However there is a place that offers the greatest extreme surfing adventure of all. Teahupoo break.

Teahupoo is a small village on the south west coast of Tahiti Island and has a deadly reef brake. It is world wide known for it’s non stop number of barrels it delivers and the extremely shallow coral reef. As a result, a tremendous wave is created, with amazing force and water volume. This wave is considered to be the Mother of all waves, of all surf spots around the planet.

And this is the place were Billabong Pro Tahiti surf competition, part of the World Surf Championship Tour, takes place every year. Teahupoo break comes to life during summer, when the south swells without any land blocking their way, build up with energy. The size of the swell starts working at 1.5 m/5 ft and holds up to 5 m/16 ft and over while the direction of the wave is left.

Riding this massive wave can only be attempted by professional, with top physical and mental condition surfers. The dangers are many but once you are prepared to come along with it, it will be an adrenaline explosion you will never forget. And that is if you can come out alive!