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A Strange Diversion: Remembering Teahupoo’s First Surfer

A Strange Diversion: Remembering Teahupoo’s First Surfer

I’m bobbing in the middle of the great South Pacific Ocean, on the edge of a scrappy reef on the edge of the little island of Tahiti. We’ve arrived in Tahiti in the offseason to relish in uncrowded line-ups. Specifically, to bodysurf Teahupo’o. As local historian and biologist Peva Levy reminds us, Teahupo’o is not actually the local name for the wave, but the name of the land nearest to the break. He explains further the traditional name of the wave – Pererure, meaning “spinning top” – was bestowed by the wave’s first surfer, a young girl from Raiatea named Vehiatua. 

A Strange Diversion: Remembering Teahupoo’s First Surfer

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An Excerpt from 'takayna: Our People, Our Land, Our History, Our Culture'

An Excerpt from 'takayna: Our People, Our Land, Our History, Our Culture'

So, I have been asked to write my story, my connection to country and my feelings regarding the country into which I was born, takayna. I’m not much of a writer. I tell stories in my own way and share my culture in ways I hope helps others understand; not just understand me but understand the strong spirit of this country and of my people.

An Excerpt from 'takayna: Our People, Our Land, Our History, Our Culture'

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