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LAIRD HAMILTON In Raimana's World

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When Raimana called Laird, he was preparing to head for Kauai for his first foil session of the season, with an early north swell on the forecast. 
But Raimana wanted him down in Tahiti to enjoy the biggest south swell so far this year and help promote French Polynesia at the same time ! Hard to refuse such an invitation !  
Raimana has been the ambassador for Tahiti Tourism these last few years and a local campaign to promote tourism with the local population is in full force. Who else represents better the Polynesian spirit of 'aloha' than Raimana taking care of his surfer friends around Teahupoo.  
After 11 time world champion Kelly Slater and Jeremy Flores a few weeks ago during the Billabong Pro, now it's the other high-profile surfing athlete Laird Hamilton who will get the royal treatment in Raimana's amazing World... read more

Bixente Lizarazu

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A taste of paradise, this is what Bixente Lizarazu wanted for his holiday break with his son.  Surf, stand up paddle, whale, shark and ray watching were on the menu for the French 1998 world champion footballer,  now TV presenter for TF1,  who wanted to remain active by getting a taste of Nature's perfection in French Polynesia.  Raimana Von Bastolaer  "Raimana World" was hosting the father and son for this special holiday, making sure they had the best fun in the best conditions in Moorea and Teahupoo.  Tim Mckenna and Tahiti Fly Shoot were invited to get a few holiday shots from above and in and under the water.  Here are a few snapshots of their perfect holiday.

BILLABONG PRO TEAHUPOO 2012

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Mike Fanning wins the Billabong Pro Teahupoo 2012. Check out the best images of the contest.

Big Fish Yacht - 2012

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Captain Winston Joyce-Clarke and his crew invite you onboard the Big Fish Yacht where luxury meets fun. True to their initial spirit they re-define the concept of expedition yachting . From "transformer-style" swim platforms to the world's first stone deck,  Marshall Naval Architects, Canada have re-invented every corner of this stunning yacht making it one of the most innovative  worldwide. Images in collaboration with TahitiFlyShoot

Vanille Martin

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Prepared in the heart of the Motu Martin,  Pacific Natural Products Vanilla, is one of the most recognised in Polynesia.  Discover how it is nutured on one of Tahiti's famous "Motus", first dried by the sun and the marine spray of the Pacific Ocean. Tahitian Vanilla, Vanilla X Tahitensis, is one of the richest of the world's flavours, prized by chefs or perfume designers for it's delicate scents & tastes.

HANALEI

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Inspirational and inspired, Tahitian surfer and model Hanalei Reponty has it all.  Currently at university in Sydney,  she juggles her studies with her rising modeling career.  New face at Elite Management Sydney, her striking looks make her a face you can't forget.  But more than that it is her intelligence that impresses.  She has definitely caught the eye of the "fashionista", impressed by the influence on her of her two worlds:  her Polynesian background and that of the fashion icons of her generation.  She doesn't follow the trend,  she creates it.... so quick! become a follower by taking a peek on Hana'blog ... http://hanaleireponty.blogspot.com

Paul Gaugin Cruises-revamped

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Discover the newly-revamped Ms Paul Gaugin ! After completing a $7 million renovation to the m/s Paul Gauguin in January 2012– the largest in the ship’s 14-year history - the ship embraces a new life in  Polynesian waters, with an even more luxurious feel for this very special cruise.

New flooring, carpets, elegant new furniture, renovations throughout the ship provide a lighter, brighter feel. This renovation combined with the five-star service and the amazing environement of the Polynesian Isles makes this one of the world's most special and luxurious cruises.

The m/s Paul Gauguin was designed specifically to sail the shallow seas around Tahiti and French Polynesia, visiting small ports that larger ships can't enter and effortlessly blending into the stunning natural beauty of the South Seas.

The grace of the "Gaugines", the Tahitian staff,  adds a special Tahitian note to every voyage.

Discover more on www.pgcruises.com

KIA ORA RANGIROA

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Nestled in a magnificient coconut grove on the northwest corner of the atoll of Rangiroa, the Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa combines refined luxury and  harmony with its environment. A turquoise lagoon and a white sandy beach surround this hôtel which had a complete renovation in 2011. Visitors can enjoy among other attractions, a rain shower, a gourmet restaurant overlooking the lagoon and overwater bungalows.  It is the perfect holiday destination to discover Polynesia whilst enjoying a certain luxury. The hotel also boasts 5 bungalows on a private Island for travelers seeking the true Polynesian lifestyle in a totally preserved environment.

SAPINUS PRO SUP WORLD TOUR - 2012

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Sean Poynter (US) wins this 2012 Air Tahiti Nui Stand Up Paddle world tour edition in Sapinus, Tahiti, French Polynesia against twice world champion Kai Lenny.  Leading legends like Arsene Harehoe (Rogue) or Vetea David once more demonstrated their talents in challenging conditions,  Arsene moving up to the 6th place overall in the 2012 world ranking. But the event saw the younger generation rise with very impressive performances such as that of 15 years old Poenaiki Raioha (Naish).  Peyo Lizarazu and Aaron Napoleon fought fiercely through the quarter final heats having to settle for respectively the 13th and the 17th place here in Tahiti. No doubt they will soon fight to step back up.

 

 

FLEUR AUSTRALE

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An exceptional experience is what Geraldine Danon, famous French actress and her husband Philipe Poupon, one of the world's best sailors are offering their children.  Onboard "Fleur Australe" they crossed the deadly North-West passage following in the steps of the great Pole explorers,  experiencing all the joys but also confronting all the dangers that in the past some defeated and some did not. The family finally rejoined the Pacific after months of navigation where Tim was lucky to follow them for one day crossing  from Tahiti to Moorea.  Geraldine's new book has just been released.  After "Une Fleur dans les glaces" relating the North to West pole adventure started in 2009, "Fleur Australe" is the second chapter of the 2010 Voyage that started in Alaska  descending through the Antarctic to the Pacific.  This voyage is sponsored by EDF-SUEZ  to raise awareness of the fragile nature of the Ocean's fauna and flora and the consequences of world pollution on the global environnement.  Read more and follow them on http://www.fleuraustrale.fr/projet.html