It is literally the end of the road on the main island’s south eastern offshoot called Tahiti-Iti and to give you some idea of what a sprawling metropolis it isn’t, this picture is of the only shop in the town.
Since that time the break has been regularly making headlines, snapping boards, and hospitalising surfers.
It features almost every year in the XXL biggest wave wins contest is now one of the regular stops on the world tour. Pictures like this one demonstrate how badly the water drains off the reef that causes the wave to break (you can see it sloping downhill!) to leave anybody caught there in the impact zone where the wave lands with a more than thirty foot high water hammer heading their way and less than two feet of water between you and the reef anvil below.
This diagram explains it all far better than I can so I wont try to explain it.
Every once in a while the waves break here on an unbelievably large scale, and as luck would have it I have arrived in time for one of these monster swells. This is a screen print of the forecast at the moment
Such waves cannot be guaranteed here and it may be only every few years that they break this big so I am incredibly lucky to be here.
It is an awesome wave and the backdrop is no less impressive, however whilst I am willing to push the envelope a certain degree I do not wish to throw away my life.
The top pros who live for this stuff will be flying in from all over the world just to try and bag one of the monsters that are going to be available this weekend, all of which makes me wonder if it will be above my pay grade despite the amount of practise I have enjoyed recently.
For other things might not go so well…