Surf Teahupo‘o Roars To Life

May 14th, 2013 | Posted by paul in Uncategorized

The southern swell just hit Teahupo’o, Tahiti, and big wave surfers are there. Due to its unique underwater topography, when swells hit Teahupo’o they create the heaviest and most massive waves in the world. Just look at these monsters! This is *the* place that humbled and changed Laird Hamilton forever. If you’re into surfing like I am, check out the movie Riding Giants, which shows Laird’s famous first ride on this beast. Looking at the massive volume of water coming over these dudes, imagine that crashing on top of your head if you wipe out! These photos were taken yesterday. More up to date news at Surfline.

Koa Rothman

Towed in by Laird Hamilton, here’s Koa Rothman catching the “wave of the day”.

Alex Gray

“Many people, including myself, rode the biggest tubes of their lives on Monday,” Gray continued. “I’d like to say thank you to Raimana and Dorian for the invite to the greatest place on earth. (And Kai Garcia for helping me get my boards.) I will never forget today — or the surfers who tackled one of the heaviest swells of all time.”

Hippo knows an impossible situation when he sees one, and and was quick to hit the eject button on this one. Photo: Tim McKenna

Hippo knows an impossible situation when he sees one, and and was quick to hit the eject button on this one. Photo: Tim McKenna

UPDATE: Here’s a video of Koa’s epic ride:

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