Looking Back at Tahiti’s First Tow Swell of the Season!
Words by Sundance Beach Pioneer Andrew Bennett All Photos by Seth De Roulet.
On Friday, May 10th I decided that I would take a last minute flight to Tahiti with photographer Seth de Roulet for a series of three swells that were forecast to ignite the South Pacific. My friend Baptiste, who runs Anakena Surf Camp and tows Raimana Van Bastolaer into huge Teahupoo tubes, messaged me on Saturday saying, “Looks like you made a good call, I think it will be a week of history at Teahupoo!” Our flight left California on Sunday the 12th, and it turned out the surf was more impressive than anything I expected to see in my life.
By Monday, the biggest waves I’ve ever seen at Teahupo’o were detonating on the reef. Over the next several days there were plenty of heavy wipeouts, near collisions, and gigantic tubes. Here are a few of the many memorable moments during the run of swell.
Check out this video from a few of the days after the big day.
Looking back, the May-Ga Swell at Teahupo’o was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had. I’m looking forward to the next giant swell, and hope I can be there to catch a few bombs like these! – AB
May-ga Swell – Teahupo'o was last modified: August 19th, 2013 by sltwtr