Teahupoo The Never Ending Swell
It has been less than 2 years since the Red Code swell smashed into Teahupoo and the other Tahitian reefs on August 27 2011, smack in the middle of the WCT waiting period.
This time, it's a never-ending massive south swell that kicked in on May 13 2013 and it lasted nearly all week.
Faaa airport was quite a scene on the previous Saturday night. The flights coming in from Auckland, Hawaii and Los Angeles were full of surfers and cameramen piling up in the hallway to catch a ride to Teahupoo village.
By Monday afternoon, the line-up was packed as if it were the Billabong Pro event and the sets soon started to be out of bounds for the paddle surfers.
Locals Raimana Van Bastolaer, Manoa Drollet, Alain Riou, Hira Teriinatoofa, Kevin Bourez all had at go towing-in, Raimana grabbing the bomb late Monday afternoon thanks to his tow partner Baptiste Gossein on the jetski.