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KING MILLENIUM INDO TRIP

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All star crew travels through the Telos and Mentawai region to score perfection.
Benjamin Sanchis, Jeremy Flores, Alain Riou, Marc Lacomar, Miky Picon and Fredo Robin. Check; http://www.surfingmentawai.com

MICHEL BOUREZ TUAMOTUS

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IRON MANA BORA BORA

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"Go Deeper" is Stephane Lambert's slogan for the IronMana race: Spirit of Aito. The organiser of Bora Bora's ultimate race has again put his event one step ahead of the competition by adding more categories this year.  This Liquid Festival included a 56 km race for Va'a Hoe men, a 40 km Va'a race for women, a 36 km SUP event and a 5km race for the world's best swimmers many of whom came to take part.  The competitors drew inspiration from the stunning setting of the turquoise waters of Bora Bora,  which gave them the strength and the endurance to stretch themselves to their limits.  Visit http://www.kainaluxt.com/ for more info on this amazing event.
 

Hawaiki Nui 2010 With EDT VAA

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This is Polynesia's most prestigious race with outrigger canoes from all over the world competing in a 3-day event in which canoes race  between the islands of Huahine,  Raiatea, Taa'a with a backdrop of beautiful Polynesian landscapes, finishing at the island of Bora-Bora.  The competitors race through taxing wave conditions into the calm of the turquoise lagoons.  This is one of the toughest races in the world and the teams train for years in preparation for it.

ANDY IRONS

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R.I.P. Andy Irons July 24, 1978-November 2, 2010

Last tribute.

Bethany & Carissa training in Tahiti

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Bethany Hamilton and Carissa Moore challenge Teahupoo. The two best friends spent a month training in top Teahupoo conditions. Raimana Von Bastolaer drove them around the best spots but also spent time giving them an insight into the Tahitian way of life.  Bethany Hamilton's life story is currently being shot as a feature film "Soul Surfer" with Hollywood award-winner actors such as Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid, AnnaSophia Robb with film director Sean McNamara. Look out for it!  The film will be an inspiration for everyone as meeting Bethany in person was for Tim.  She  is a ray of sunshine, overcoming all difficulties with simplicity and humility. She always has a radiant smile and is also a proficient and powerful surfer,  definitely one the best girl surfers at Teahupoo.

The NIKON Shoot by Tim McKenna

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In October 2009 Tim was commissioned by Nikon to shoot images in French Polynesia for the promotion of the new Nikkor lens range 2010. 
His mission included surf and kitesurfing action images but also night scenes, fauna and landscapes. Here is a selection of what he came up with.  

Sup word tour Sapinus

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The Tahitian stop of the World Stand Up Paddle Tour by The Waterman League scored epic conditions at Sapinus. Solid 12 '+ conditions greeted the competitors during the first day of competition of the main event. Duane Desoto, Garrett McNamara,  Peyo Lizarazu, Ekolu Kalama,  Kai Lenny and many others rode some of the most challenging waves ever on Stand Up Paddle boards. Australian Dave Muir won the event edging out local surfer Tama Audibert with  Aaron Napoleon and Heifara Tahutini finishing 3rd and 4th.  The new leader of the SUP World Tour is Peyo Lizarazu. Next stop Brazil.  

Special thanks to Air Tahiti Nui for supporting this memorable event.

The Trial's Swell

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This year the 2010 Teahupoo Billabong Pro Trials and Main Event have been pushed back to the months of  August and September.  For the first time in nearly 14 years,  things don't quite feel the same in the small village at the end of the road. No scaffoldings, no crowds, no circus.

Just Tahitian Dream Days over and over again.

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2010

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Taj Burrow wins the Quiksilver Gold Coast Pro 2010 at Snapper Rocks.
Dane Reynolds, Jordy Smith, Bobby Martinez, Joel Parkinson were the in-form surfers during this first WCT event of the season.

Stephanie Gilmore wins another Roxy Pro defeating Melanie Bartels.