Two Days At Teahupoo

48 powerful hours of furious power at the world's most perfect big wave spot. Hello, south swell.
By Elliot Struck

On Tuesday morning at 6am, the first jetskis pulled up at Teahupoo to meet a new swell that many had been tracking for some time. It was around six to eight feet, paddleable, and kinda perfect. By lunch time it'd picked up to 13ish feet. And by afternoon, there were 20 foot sets rolling through.

A huge team of paddlers and tow duos threw themselves into everything they could. Carlos Burle, Maya Gabeira and Raimana Van Bastolaer were all standouts. South swells never looked so good.

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Carlos Burle, Ready To Roll
Carlos Burle, Ready To Roll These are the days Carlos waits for all year. © Brian Bielmann
Carlos Warms Up
Carlos Warms Up Believe it or not, this is not one of the biggest of the day. Perhaps one of the more perfect, though. © Brian Bielmann
Premium Safety
Premium Safety Most the waves surfed over these two days wouldn't have gone down without the assistance of PWCs like this. © Brian Bielmann
Raimana Van Bastolaer, Dominating
Raimana Van Bastolaer, Dominating Raimana is the man at Chopes. Wanna surf there in a big swell? Make friends with this man. © Brian Bielmann
Maya Gabeira Rolls Up
Maya Gabeira Rolls Up Relaxed as y'like, despite the conditions. © Brian Bielmann
Maya Wastes No Time
Maya Wastes No Time Straight off the ski, into this gem. © Brian Bielmann
Raimana, Relaxed
Raimana, Relaxed Throwing up signs, deep in the mix. © Brian Bielmann
Laird Hamilton Points It
Laird Hamilton Points It This man rode wave of the century at this spot some years ago. Yesterday, he was back for more. © Brian Bielmann
Chopes Swell? Every Angle Covered
Chopes Swell? Every Angle Covered Don't worry, you'll see the documentation turn up eventually. © Brian Bielmann
Carlos Holds On
Carlos Holds On Reckon Mr Burle's done this dance before? © Brian Bielmann
Ryan Hipwood Slingshot
Ryan Hipwood Slingshot Wanna know something about disorientation? © Brian Bielmann
Raimana's Bomb – Part One
Raimana's Bomb – Part One Watch this thing grow. © Brian Bielmann
Raimana's Bomb – Part Two
Raimana's Bomb – Part Two Still growing. © Brian Bielmann
Raimana's Bomb – Part Three
Raimana's Bomb – Part Three And, there's the pitch. © Brian Bielmann
Raimana's Bomb – Part Four
Raimana's Bomb – Part Four This is the prequel to an excellent night's sleep. © Brian Bielmann
Where You Don't Wanna Be
Where You Don't Wanna Be And exactly why you wanna be a good paddler. © Brian Bielmann
Maya Pulls In Deep
Maya Pulls In Deep Girl certainly has grit. © Brian Bielmann
Party Time
Party Time Everyone wants a slice. © Brian Bielmann
Carlos On A Smaller One
Carlos On A Smaller One Can you believe this one is "smaller"? © Brian Bielmann
Almost Looks Pretty Fun From Back Here, Huh?
Almost Looks Pretty Fun From Back Here, Huh? Well... it ain't. © Brian Bielmann
Sharing Ain't Always Caring
Sharing Ain't Always Caring This what a mistake looks like. Carlos manages to hold on after being burned. © Brian Bielmann
The Beauty Of Tahiti
The Beauty Of Tahiti Ain't it the perfect juxtaposition to the ferocity? © Brian Bielmann
Carlos Gets One To Himself
Carlos Gets One To Himself And, what a one it is. © Brian Bielmann
A Foaming Monster
A Foaming Monster That nobody wants a piece of. © Brian Bielmann
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