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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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Tales from the Third Ledge

Tales from the Third Ledge

Six years ago, when that famous wave broke on the Third Ledge at Cloudbreak...

Tearing down reef, tearing through time, majestically unridden, surfers scrambling for their lives – there was one question left hanging in the air like sea mist. As the last wave washed through the lagoon and slunk back into the ocean, the water still hissing, chunks of coral sinking back to the ocean floor and heartbeats returning to safe levels, everyone who witnessed it had one thought. If Cloudbreak ever did that again, could it even be ridden? 

Tales from the Third Ledge

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